The Trail Went Cold

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 Feb 13, 2020
Great unsolved true crime podcast.

mike
 Jan 8, 2020
excellent


 Oct 14, 2019


 Oct 10, 2019
interesting material, flat delivery, inappropriate tone, many mispronunciations, and annoying nasally voice.

aileen
 Oct 3, 2019
Fantastic podcast with well researched, varied, interesting content. Thanks Robin!

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A true crime podcast hosted by Robin Warder

Episode Date
The Trail Went Cold – Episode 176 – Heather Uffelman & Jennifer Lynn Stone
45:20
October 24, 1992. Marietta, Georgia. 22-year old Heather Uffelman and her 22-year old fiancée, Jeremy Rolfs, make a lengthy drive from Tennessee in order to sell expensive computer equipment to a man calling himself “Tom Johnson”. After meeting Johnson in a motel room, he bludgeons the couple with a hammer before stealing the equipment. While Jeremy survives the ordeal, Heather succumbs to her injuries. Eighteen months later, a Nashville man named Thomas Steeples is arrested for the brutal murders of another couple in a motel room and becomes a promising suspect in this crime, but soon dies in jail of a drug overdose. Was Thomas Steeples the mysterious “Tom Johnson”? If not, then who was the actual perpetrator? April 23, 1992. Athens, Georgia. 22-year old University of Georgia student Jennifer Lynn Stone is found raped and strangled to death inside the bedroom of her off-campus home. Two of Jennifer’s cameras have been stolen, but they are eventually recovered and linked to an unidentified man who traded them for drugs on the morning of the crime. Even though investigators have a lot of physical evidence to work with, including DNA, they are unable to match it to the perpetrator. On this week’s episode of “The Trail Went Cold”, we explore two unsolved murders which took place in Georgia in 1992. Special thanks to listener Kelly Tucker for narrating the opening of this episode. Additional Reading: https://unsolvedmysteries.fandom.com/wiki/Tom_Johnson https://jewlscholar.mtsu.edu/bitstream/handle/mtsu/620/15756.pdf?sequence=1&isAllowed=y https://www.newspapers.com/image/422354231/?terms=%22Heather%2BUffelman%22%2BSteeples https://www.newspapers.com/image/422355961/?terms=%22Heather%2BUffelman%22%2BSteeples https://www.newspapers.com/image/113137202/?terms=%22Thomas%2BSteeples%22%2Bvenereal http://patch.com/georgia/athens/who-killed-jenny-stone http://www.redandblack.com/news/after-years-university-student-murder-still-unsolved/article_08155807-e68b-5c9f-8df9-e40df9aa2e88.html https://www.onlineathens.com/article/20120421/NEWS/304219925 “The Trail Went Cold” is on Patreon! Visit www.patreon.com/thetrailwentcold to become a patron and gain access to our exclusive bonus content. “The Trail Went Cold” is now doing a weekly livestream show on GetVokl every Thursday from 7:00-8:00 PM ET as part of their “True Crime Thursday” line-up. For more information, please visit their website. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
May 27, 2020
The Trail Went Cold – Episode 175 – Mary Agnes Gross
47:49
June 12, 1962. Worthington, Minnesota. 20-year old Marlys Gross gives birth to a baby daughter named Mary Agnes, but is told by the hospital staff that the child died shortly after she was born. Mary Agnes is given a funeral and buried in a grave, but months later, Marlys is mailed a photograph of an unidentified family holding a baby whom she believes is her daughter. Over the next three decades, Marlys would discover a number of suspicious discrepancies to make her believe that Mary Agnes is still alive, so she petitions to have her gravesite exhumed in 1996. While skeletal remains of a deceased child are found, DNA testing reveals that they do not belong to Mary Agnes. Did the hospital orchestrate a cover-up in order to perform a black-market adoption and sell Mary Agnes to another family? If so, then whose remains were buried in Mary Agnes’ grave? This week’s episode of “The Trail Went Cold” explores a very bizarre and complicated mystery about the disappearance of a newborn infant. Additional Reading: https://unsolvedmysteries.fandom.com/wiki/Mary_Agnes_Gross https://www.newspapers.com/image/240234019/?terms=%22Mary%2BAgnes%2BGross%22 https://www.newspapers.com/image/454862991/?terms=%22Mary%2BAgnes%2BGross%22 https://www.newspapers.com/image/240973566/?terms=%22Mary%2BAgnes%2BGross%22 https://www.newspapers.com/image/240282173/?terms=%22Mary%2BAgnes%2BGross%22 https://www.newspapers.com/image/336511442/?terms=%22Mary%2BAgnes%2BGross%22 https://www.newspapers.com/image/336776572/?terms=%22Mary%2BAgnes%2BGross%22 “The Trail Went Cold” is on Patreon! Visit www.patreon.com/thetrailwentcold to become a patron and gain access to our exclusive bonus content. “The Trail Went Cold” is now doing a weekly livestream show on GetVokl every Thursday from 7:00-8:00 PM ET as part of their “True Crime Thursday” line-up. For more information, please visit their website. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
May 20, 2020
The Trail Went Cold – Episode 174 – The Mills Family Murders
57:14
February 26, 1980. Berkeley, California. 51-year old Al Mills, his 40-year old wife, Jeannie, and Jeannie’s 16-year old daughter, Daphene, are all shot to death, execution-style, in their home. Jeannie’s 17-year old son, Eddie, is left unharmed inside his bedroom, but claims he did not hear the murders take place. Years earlier, the Mills family had defected from the Reverend Jim Jones’ infamous cult, the Peoples Temple, and become outspoken advocates against them. Following the Jonestown Massacre, rumours circulated that surviving members of the cult were going to target the family as revenge. However, investigators suspect that Eddie was the actual perpetrator and make an unsuccessful attempt to charge him with the crime 25 years later. Did Eddie Mills murder his own family, or were they victims of an assassination by outside intruders? This week’s episode of “The Trail Went Cold” explores an unsolved triple homicide and its potential connection to the Jonestown saga. “The Trail Went Cold” is on Patreon! Visit www.patreon.com/thetrailwentcold to become a patron and gain access to our exclusive bonus content. This episode of The Trail Went Cold is brought to you by Best Fiends, a unique and exciting puzzle experience unlike other puzzle games out there. Download it FREE on the Apple App Store or Google Play. “The Trail Went Cold” is now doing a weekly livestream show on GetVokl every Thursday from 7:00-8:00 PM EST as part of their “True Crime Thursday” line-up. For more information, please visit their website. Additional Reading: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeannie_Mills https://people.com/archive/the-mills-family-murders-could-it-be-jim-jones-last-revenge-vol-13-no-11/ https://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/BERKELEY-Man-jailed-in-family-slayings-from-25-2557794.php https://www.eastbaytimes.com/2005/12/09/son-wont-be-charged-in-1980-slayings/ https://archives.sfweekly.com/thesnitch/2015/11/12/yesterdays-crimes-peoples-temple-hit-squads-and-jonestowns-last-victims https://www.sfweekly.com/news/yesterdays-crimes-jonestown-was-just-the-beginning-for-one-peoples-temple-family/ https://www.psychologytoday.com/ca/articles/199203/the-truth-about-jonestown Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
May 13, 2020
The Trail Went Cold – Episode 173 – Chad Maurer
47:26
May 19, 1990. Madison, Wisconsin. After coming home from his job at a bicycle shop to grab food during his lunch break, 19-year old Chad Maurer tells his parents that he is going to return to his workplace, but he soon turns up missing. Two days later, Chad’s body is found in his car inside a garage on the South Side of Chicago and his cause of death is determined to be carbon monoxide poisoning. While the police initially believe that Chad’s death was a suicide, there are numerous bruises and injuries on his body which seem to indicate foul play. Chad’s parents receive information to suggest he may have been murdered because he became involved in drug trafficking, but there are no conclusive answers about what happened to him. This week’s episode of “The Trail Went Cold” explores the bizarre case of a young man who turned up dead under mysterious circumstances at a location over 150 miles from his home. In addition, we will also discuss the strange 1988 death of 25-year old Kenneth Engie, who also succumbed to carbon monoxide inside his garage in his hometown of Edmore, North Dakota. Additional Reading: https://unsolved.com/gallery/chad-maurer/ https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/ct-xpm-1991-12-11-9104210361-story.html https://www.latimes.com/archives/la-xpm-1992-03-08-mn-6302-story.html https://madison.com/wsj/news/local/columnists/doug-moe/doug-moe-twenty-five-years-on-remembering-chad/article_6a943b8e-e3de-5e6d-8d0d-602f290fa507.html https://mytruecrime.com/the-mysterious-death-of-chad-maurer/ https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/ct-xpm-1991-12-11-9104210361-story.html https://unsolved.com/gallery/kenneth-engie/ “The Trail Went Cold” is on Patreon! Visit www.patreon.com/thetrailwentcold to become a patron and gain access to our exclusive bonus content. "The Trail Went Cold" is now doing a weekly livestream show on GetVokl every Thursday from 7:00-8:00 PM EST as part of their "True Crime Thursday" line-up. For more information, please visit their website. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
May 06, 2020
The Trail Went Cold – Episode 172 – Claudia Kirschhoch
41:56
May 27, 2000. Negril, Jamaica. After she is denied entry into Cuba for a junket, 29-year old travel writer Claudia Kirschhoch is rerouted to a Sandals beach resort in Jamaica while she waits for a flight back home to New York. After last being seen walking along a beach, Claudia vanishes without a trace and most of her personal items are left behind in her hotel room. The investigation leads to a resort bartender whom Claudia went out on a date with before she went missing and there are enough suspicious actions from the resort to suggest that a cover-up might have taken place. Who was responsible for Claudia Kirschhoch’s disappearance and how many people were involved? This week’s episode of “The Trail Went Cold” explores a frustrating cold case about an American citizen who went missing during an unscheduled trip to a foreign country and has still never been found. Special thanks to listener Allyssa Ramkerrysingh for narrating the opening of this episode. Join us on Saturday, May 2 at 8:00pm Eastern Time for an online streaming Unsolved Mysteries marathon where we will be watching segments about cases covered on episodes of “The Trail Went Cold”. You can enter our screening room by clicking on this link. Additional Reading: http://www.unsolved.com/gallery/claudia-kirschhoch http://charleyproject.org/case/claudia-ann-kirschhoch https://unsolvedmysteries.fandom.com/wiki/Claudia_Kirschhoch https://www.cbsnews.com/news/natalee-like-case-5-years-later/ http://articles.latimes.com/2001/aug/12/travel/tr-33308 https://www.nytimes.com/2002/05/22/nyregion/queens-travel-writer-who-vanished-in-jamaica-is-declared-dead.html http://www.sabrinaerdely.com/docs/MurderInParadise.pdf “The Trail Went Cold” is on Patreon! Visit www.patreon.com/thetrailwentcold to become a patron and gain access to our exclusive bonus content. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
Apr 29, 2020
The Trail Went Cold – Episode 171 – Claudia Lawrence
51:27
March 18, 2009. York, England. 35-year old Claudia Lawrence speaks on the phone with her parents and texts her best friend about meeting for drinks the following evening. When Claudia fails to show up for work the next morning and misses her meet-up with her friend, she is subsequently reported missing. The investigation would uncover allegations that Claudia was involved in some secret relationships which may have led to her disappearance, causing the story to become sensationalized by the media. Over the next decade, a number of different men are arrested on suspicion of Claudia’s murder, but due to a lack of evidence, none of them are formally charged. Was Claudia victimized by someone from her personal life, or could a stranger have been responsible for her disappearance? On this week’s episode of “The Trail Went Cold”, we travel to the United Kingdom to explore one of their most prominent unsolved missing persons cases of recent memory. Additional Reading: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disappearance_of_Claudia_Lawrence https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/resources/idt-sh/what_happened_to_claudia https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-35759574 https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/mar/18/ten-years-on-claudia-lawrence-search-frustrated-by-information-withheld-police https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-27418063 https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/claudia-lawrence-murder-theories-latest-becky-godden-serial-killer-christopher-halliwell-yorkshire-a7986021.html http://nyenquirer.uk/did-halliwell-murder-claudia-lawrence/ https://www.examinerlive.co.uk/news/local-news/everything-know-disappearance-claudia-lawrence-17946108 http://www.findclaudia.co.uk “The Trail Went Cold” is on Patreon! Visit www.patreon.com/thetrailwentcold to become a patron and gain access to our exclusive bonus content. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
Apr 22, 2020
The Trail Went Cold – Episode 170 – Sharon Davis
40:45
June 13, 2001. Dallas, Texas. 51-year old teacher Sharon Davis drops her daughter off at a bus depot, but fails to show up for a scheduled training session at her school later that morning. Five days later, Sharon’s abandoned minivan is discovered in the parking lot of a local fitness club. Suspicion turns towards Sharon’s estranged husband, Ron Davis, as Sharon had filed for divorce from him only two days before she vanished. Ron maintains his innocence and claims that Sharon stole money from him and took off on her own. Did Sharon disappear voluntarily or was she the victim of a marriage gone bad? On this week’s episode of “The Trail Went Cold”, we cover a missing persons case which proved so controversial that “Unsolved Mysteries” produced a segment about the case and elected not to air it on television. Additional Reading: http://charleyproject.org/case/sharon-eugenia-davis https://unsolvedmysteries.fandom.com/wiki/Sharon_Eugenia_Davis http://www.dallasobserver.com/2002-07-18/news/the-reluctant-witness/ https://www.dallasobserver.com/news/a-fool-for-a-client-6388562 “The Trail Went Cold” is on Patreon! Visit www.patreon.com/thetrailwentcold to become a patron and gain access to our exclusive bonus content. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
Apr 15, 2020
The Trail Went Cold – Episode 169 – Julie Williams & Lollie Winans
53:52
May 19, 1996. Shenandoah National Park, Virginia. 24-year old Julianne “Julie” Williams and her 26-year old girlfriend, Laura “Lollie” Winans, leave on a backpacking trip, but are eventually reported missing when they fail to return home. Nearly two weeks later, Julie and Lollie are found dead at a campsite inside the park and have been bound, gagged and had their throats slashed. The murders are looked at as a possible hate crime and a suspect named Darrell David Rice is indicted in 2002. However, when forensic evidence fails to link Rice to the crime, the charges against him are dropped. Was Rice actually the perpetrator or was someone else responsible? This week’s episode of “The Trail Went Cold” explores the horrific double-murder of a lesbian couple, as well as its possible connections to some other infamous unsolved crimes from Virginia, including the Route 29 murder of Alicia Showalter Reynolds and the Colonial Parkway Murders. “The Trail Went Cold” is on Patreon! Visit www.patreon.com/thetrailwentcold to become a patron and gain access to our exclusive bonus content. This episode of The Trail Went Cold is brought to you by Best Fiends, a unique and exciting puzzle experience unlike other puzzle games out there. Download it FREE on the Apple App Store or Google Play. Additional Reading: https://www.blueridgeoutdoors.com/features/murder-woods-shenandoah-national-park/ https://www.fredericksburg.com/news/crime_courts/after-years-shenandoah-national-park-double-murder-still-unsolved-but/article_c161cfe5-156e-50e7-8b76-0761f186ae79.html https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/local/2004/02/26/charges-dismissed-in-shenandoah-park-slayings/962f304e-1111-484b-ad9c-46cbad2362da/ https://barryyeoman.com/1996/11/murder-on-the-mountain/ http://www.readthehook.com/98890/explosive-words http://www.readthehook.com/94820/cover-after-rice-new-questions-park-murders http://www.readthehook.com/85777/cover-cold-case-alicia-showalter-reynolds-fall-and-rise-darrell-rice http://www.readthehook.com/85806/cover-murder-park-rice-release-revives-memories https://www.fredericksburg.com/news/local/families-want-evidence-checked-in-shenandoah-double-slaying/article_7873a07f-f56a-5448-a2d9-59c88fd5cc07.html http://unsolved.com/gallery/alicia-showalter https://unsolvedmysteries.fandom.com/wiki/Alicia_Showalter_Reynolds https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colonial_Parkway_murders Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
Apr 08, 2020
The Trail Went Cold – Episode 168 – Don “Rainboy” Decker
54:44
February 24, 1983. Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania. After receiving a temporary furlough from the county jail, 21-year old Don Decker attends his grandfather’s funeral and goes to stay at a friend’s house. It isn’t long before Don appears to go into a trance and water starts materializing from the house’s walls, ceiling and floor. Over the course of the next several days, Don seemingly has the ability to make water appear at different locations, including a pizza parlour and the county jail, and numerous eyewitnesses report seeing strange supernatural events which make them believe that Don is possessed by an evil spirit. The indoor rain finally comes to an end after a meeting between Don and a reverend, but everyone is left completely baffled. Did Don Decker really have the ability to control water with his mind, or was the whole thing nothing more than an elaborate hoax and an example of hysterical social delusion? After 168 full-length episodes and 32 minisodes, our podcast has finally reached its 200th episode and to commemorate the occasion, we are doing something a little different from the norm and chronicling the bizarre saga of Don “Rainboy” Decker, a paranormal-themed mystery of which there is no easy explanation. Additional Reading: https://unsolved.com/gallery/don-decker/ http://www.poconorecord.com/article/20120205/NEWS/202050307 http://www.poconorecord.com/article/20130526/NEWS/305260327 "American Hauntings: The True Stories Behind Hollywood's Scariest Movies" by Robert E. Bartholomew and Joe Nickell http://wnep.com/2012/10/19/rainman-charged-with-arson/ “The Trail Went Cold” is on Patreon! Visit www.patreon.com/thetrailwentcold to become a patron and gain access to our exclusive bonus content. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
Apr 01, 2020
The Trail Went Cold – Bonus Episode – The Career of Robert Stack
47:34
November 29, 1987. Millions of people tune in to NBC to watch a television special about unsolved mysteries which is hosted by a legendary, well-respected Hollywood actor. The special is eventually turned into a full-time series and this actor becomes the permanent host. Three decades later, after this TV show and the host have become pop culture icons, they inspire a true-crime podcast called “The Trail Went Cold”. For our very first bonus Patreon episode, we will be chronicling the amazing life of Robert Stack from his instant success as a young actor in Hollywood to his incomparable run as the host of “Unsolved Mysteries”. “The Trail Went Cold” is on Patreon! Visit www.patreon.com/thetrailwentcold to become a patron and gain access to our exclusive bonus content. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
Mar 28, 2020
The Trail Went Cold – Episode 167 – Janice Wessinger
29:03
November 22, 1997. Aiken County, South Carolina. The daughter of 47-year old Janice Wessinger returns home to discover that her mother is missing. The following morning, Janice’s body is found in a wooded area near her house and she has been raped and stabbed to death. It is theorized that Janice was attacked after going out for a walk the previous morning, but her killer is never identified. At the personal request of the victim’s daughter, we will be exploring the unsolved murder of Janice Wessinger on this week’s episode of “The Trail Went Cold”. For more information on this case, please visit the Facebook page, "Janice Wessinger - Help Us Find Her Murderer". Additional Reading: https://www.aikenstandard.com/news/after-years-aiken-county-murder-case-remains-unsolved/article_f822be2a-fd5b-11e7-9b8d-9b6bef056c54.html “The Trail Went Cold” is on Patreon! Visit www.patreon.com/thetrailwentcold to become a patron and gain access to our exclusive bonus content. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Spotify. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
Mar 25, 2020
The Trail Went Cold – Episode 166 – The Indiana Dunes Women
49:13
July 2, 1966. Porter County, Indiana. 21-year old Ann Miller, 19-year old Patricia Blough and 19-year old Renee Bruhl leave their homes in Illinois in order to travel to the Indiana Dunes State Park. After taking a spot on the beach next to Lake Michigan, the three women venture into the water, leaving all of their belongings behind. Eyewitnesses would recall seeing them climb into a boat with an unidentified man before they vanished without a trace and there would be a number of different theories about why they went missing. Did the women take off voluntarily? Were they murdered over possible connections to notorious criminal Silas Jayne and his “horse syndicate”? Could their disappearance have been the result of an illegal abortion gone wrong? On this week’s episode of “The Trail Went Cold”, we shall explore the truly baffling disappearance of the “Indiana Dunes Women”. Special thanks to listener Kristen-Ellen Thomas for narrating the opening of this episode. “The Trail Went Cold” is on Patreon! Visit www.patreon.com/thetrailwentcold to become a patron and gain access to our exclusive bonus content. We would like to send out a special thanks to Smithsonian Channel Plus for supporting “The Trail Went Cold”. Visit www.getscplus.com/cold and get 50% off your first three months of Smithsonian Channel Plus. Join us on March 21 at 8:00pm Eastern Time for an online streaming Unsolved Mysteries marathon where we will be watching segments about cases covered on episodes of “The Trail Went Cold". You can enter our screening room by clicking on this link. Additional Reading: http://charleyproject.org/case/ann-miller http://charleyproject.org/case/patricia-blough http://charleyproject.org/case/renee-bruhl https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/ct-xpm-1987-06-21-8702170368-story.html https://www.nydailynews.com/news/justice-story/3-girls-beach-found-article-1.1216303 "Silas Jayne: Chicago's Suburban Gangster" by Bryan Alaspa Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Spotify. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
Mar 18, 2020
The Trail Went Cold – Episode 165 – Todd McAfee
47:42
August 18, 1987. Manatee County, Florida. Todd McAfee, the 27-year old manager of a tomato farm, is discovered to be missing from his trailer after his employees arrive for work. Todd’s body is soon found in a nearby drainage ditch and he has been shot four times. Since a valuable gun collection was stolen from Todd’s trailer, he was apparently killed during a botched burglary, and police investigate a sighting of some potential suspects who were seen in the area in an orange van on the day of the crime. Years later, Todd’s former housekeeper, Ruthie Mae Anderson, is indicted for his murder, but the charges are dropped when the case against her falls apart. Was Ruthie actually involved in Todd’s death, or was someone else responsible for the crime? This week’s episode of “The Trail Went Cold” explores a cold case which was featured on one of the rarest segments of “Unsolved Mysteries”. In addition, we will also discuss the bizarre unexplained death of 19-year old Tim Molnar, who vanished from his hometown of Daytona Beach, Florida in 1984 before his skeletal remains were inexplicably discovered over 1,200 miles away in rural Wisconsin. This episode of The Trail Went Cold is brought to you by Best Fiends, a unique and exciting puzzle experience unlike other puzzle games out there. Download it FREE on the Apple App Store or Google Play. Additional Reading: https://unsolvedmysteries.fandom.com/wiki/Todd_McAfee http://www.heraldtribune.com/news/20020826/unsolved-murders-not-forgotten https://www.heraldtribune.com/article/20120818/News/605214130 https://unsolvedmysteries.fandom.com/wiki/Tim_Molnar "101 Wisconsin Unsolved Mysteries" by Mary Balousek “The Trail Went Cold” is on Patreon! Visit www.patreon.com/thetrailwentcold to become a patron and gain access to our exclusive bonus content. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Spotify. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
Mar 11, 2020
The Trail Went Cold – Episode 164 – Jean Spangler
1:01:36
October 7, 1949. Los Angeles, California. 26-year old actress Jean Spangler leaves her home and asks her sister-in-law to watch over her daughter. Jean says she is planning to meet with her ex-husband and spend the night working on a film shoot, but she soon vanishes without a trace. Two days later, Jean’s purse is discovered in Griffith Park, containing a cryptic note addressed to someone named “Kirk”. Since Jean had recently worked on a film starring actor Kirk Douglas, there is speculation that the note might be addressed to him, but he denies any knowledge of what happened. There are numerous theories surrounding Jean’s disappearance, including speculation about a botched abortion, rumours about her becoming involved with organized crime figures, and even a potential connection to the “Black Dahlia” murder. On this week’s episode of “The Trail Went Cold”, we shall cover an unsolved missing persons case which has remained one of Hollywood’s most baffling mysteries. Additional Reading: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jean_Spangler http://charleyproject.org/case/jean-elizabeth-spangler https://www.latimes.com/archives/la-xpm-2002-oct-20-me-then20-story.html https://www.palmspringslife.com/the-mysterious-disappearance-of-jean-spangler/ https://welkerlots.wordpress.com/2014/10/08/the-jean-spangler-premonition/ "Hard Boiled Hollywood: Crime and Punishment in Postwar Los Angeles" by Jon Lewis "Black Dahlia Avenger: The True Story" by Steve Hodel “The Trail Went Cold” is on Patreon! Visit www.patreon.com/thetrailwentcold to become a patron and gain access to our exclusive bonus content. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Spotify. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
Mar 04, 2020
The Trail Went Cold – Episode 163 – Su-Ya Kim & Quin-Rong Wu
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June 29, 1991. New York City. Su-Ya Kim leaves her children with their grandmother to go shopping, but never returns. Ten hours later, Su-Ya’s nude body is discovered in a dumpster after she has been stabbed nine times. A security guard reports interacting with an unidentified white male who drove away from the dumpster before the body’s discovery, but even though his vehicle’s licence number is checked, the lead goes nowhere and Su-Ya’s killer is never found. May 13, 1997. New York City. 11-year old Quin-Rong Wu is walked partway to school by her mother, but after they go their separate ways, Quin-Rong disappears. Two weeks later, Quin-Rong’s body is discovered in the East River and it turns out she has been strangled to death. While a witness reports seeing Quin-Rong on the subway with a middle-aged white male on the day she went missing, police start directing suspicion towards her parents. Was Quin-Rong abducted and murdered by a predator? Or could her own family have been involved in what happened? On this week’s episode of “The Trail Went Cold”, we cover two separate unsolved cold cases involving female victims who emigrated from Asia to New York before they were brutally murdered. Additional Reading: https://unsolved.com/gallery/su-ya-kim/ https://www.nytimes.com/2005/05/25/nyregion/on-henry-st-a-cold-trail-for-a-girl-lost.html http://www.nydailynews.com/archives/news/tears-chinatown-girl-cops-hunt-suspect-grim-tragedy-article-1.758198 https://www.upi.com/Archives/1997/05/29/Missing-Chinese-girl-11-found-slain/5424864878400/ “The Trail Went Cold” is on Patreon! Visit www.patreon.com/thetrailwentcold to become a patron and gain access to our exclusive bonus content. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Spotify. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
Feb 26, 2020
The Trail Went Cold – Episode 162 – The Oklahoma Girl Scout Murders
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June 13, 1977. Mayes County, Oklahoma. While attending a summer camp for Girl Scouts, 10-year Denise Milner, 9-year Michelle Guse, and 8-year old Lori Farmer spend the night together in a tent. When morning hits, the murdered bodies of the three girls are discovered 150 yards away in the woods. Michelle and Lori have been bludgeoned to death while Denise’s cause of death is strangulation. Evidence seems to point to Gene Leroy Hart, a wanted fugitive who has been on the run for nearly four years, and after a lengthy manhunt, he is captured and charged with the murders. Hart eventually goes on trial for the crime, but is acquitted by the jury and dies of a heart attack two months later. Over the next four decades, attempts are made to use forensic testing to link Hart to the murders, but the results are always inconclusive. Did Gene Leroy Hart actually commit this crime or did the real killer get away with it? For our special four-year anniversary show of “The Trail Went Cold”, we will be chronicling the Oklahoma Girl Scout Murders, a very infamous and controversial case which was voted on by our listeners. Special thanks to listener Aislinn O’Brien for narrating the opening of this episode. This episode of The Trail Went Cold is brought to you by Best Fiends, a unique and exciting puzzle experience unlike other puzzle games out there. Download it FREE on the Apple App Store or Google Play. Additional Reading: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oklahoma_Girl_Scout_murders http://www.girlscoutmurders.com https://www.tulsaworld.com/news/specialreports-databases/the-camp-scott-girl-scout-murders/article_a7d3d9c1-fe96-5c7b-8b3e-bcbc9b5c7df9.html https://oklahoman.com/article/5552738/girl-scout-murders-in-oklahoma-remain-unsolved-40-years-after-tragedy https://oklahoman.com/article/3261879/was-a-female-involved-in-1977-girl-scout-slayings "Unsolved Child Murders: Eighteen American Cases, 1956-1998" by Emily G. Thompson “The Trail Went Cold” is on Patreon! Visit www.patreon.com/thetrailwentcold to become a patron and gain access to our exclusive bonus content. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Spotify. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
Feb 19, 2020
The Trail Went Cold – Episode 161 – The Martin Family
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December 7, 1958. Portland, Oregon. 54-year old Kenneth Martin, his 48-year old wife Barbara and their three daughters – 14-year old Barbie, 12-year old Virginia and 10-year old Susan – leave their home in their station wagon to take a trip to the Columbia River Gorge. When the family fails to return, they are reported missing the following evening. Just under five months later, the bodies of Susan and Virginia are discovered in the Columbia River and while the rest of the family cannot be found, evidence suggests that their vehicle went off a cliff into the water. While some people believe the whole thing was tragic accident, there are other pieces of evidence that point to foul play, including the discovery of a blood-stained gun which is traced back to the Martins’ surviving son. Were the Martins the victim of an elaborate murder plot? If so, who was responsible and what could their motive have been? This week’s episode of “The Trail Went Cold” explores the bizarre disappearance of a family in which three of the five victims are still missing. Additional Reading: "Echo of Distant Water: The 1958 Disappearance of Portland's Martin Family" by J.B. Fisher https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martin_family_disappearance http://charleyproject.org/case/kenneth-r-martin http://charleyproject.org/case/barbara-jean-martin http://charleyproject.org/case/barbara-martin https://www.koin.com/news/martin-familys-1958-disappearance-remains-a-mystery/ “The Trail Went Cold” is on Patreon! Visit www.patreon.com/thetrailwentcold to become a patron and gain access to our exclusive bonus content. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Spotify. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
Feb 12, 2020
The Trail Went Cold – Episode 160 – Marilu Geri
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February 14, 1986. Sugar Land, Texas. 43-year old insurance agent Stephen Geri phones the mother of his 33-year old wife, Marilu Geri, and asks her to visit Marilu at their house to help her prepare for a party. When Marilu’s mother arrives, she discovers that her daughter has been shot four times. Since there were troubles with the marriage and Stephen stands to collect on a substantial life insurance policy, he is viewed as a person of interest in Marilu’s death, but he also seems to have an alibi during the time period she was killed. However, there is suspicion that Stephen’s alibi might be fabricated, but since there is no direct evidence to implicate him, the crime remains unsolved. Did Stephen Geri orchestrate the murder of his wife? If not, who else could have killed Marilu? We explore both sides of this controversial case on this week’s episode of “The Trail Went Cold”. Additional Reading: https://unsolved.com/gallery/marilu-geri/ https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Mystery-still-surrounds-Valentine-s-Day-slaying-12611859.php https://www.chron.com/neighborhood/sugarland/news/article/Valentines-Day-murder-1986-victims-family-Marilu-12613932.php http://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/article/Texas-Rangers-unit-would-probe-unsolved-murders-2001754.php “The Trail Went Cold” is on Patreon! Visit www.patreon.com/thetrailwentcold to become a patron and gain access to our exclusive bonus content. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Spotify. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
Feb 05, 2020
The Trail Went Cold – Episode 159 – Charles Southern
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December 1, 1987. Chicago, Illinois. While speaking with his mother on the phone, 39-year old Charles Southern shares his plans about taking a trip to India. After not hearing from him for weeks, Charles’ parents check his house and discover he is missing, but they find what appears to be a Last Will and Testament naming a woman named Terri Hoffman as executor of Charles’ estate. Hoffman is the founder of a new religious movement Charles had joined called “Conscious Development of Body, Mind and Soul”, but they are accused of functioning like a cult and over the course of several years, a number of people associated with them would die under suspicious circumstances. Was Conscious Development responsible for Charles Southern’s disappearance? This week’s episode of “The Trail Went Cold” not only covers an unsolved missing persons case, but also explores the story of a bizarre cult and their potential culpability in several deaths. Special thanks to listener Carolina Young for providing the opening narration on this episode. Additional Reading: https://unsolved.com/gallery/charles-southern/ http://charleyproject.org/case/charles-southern-jr https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terri_Hoffman "Texas Monthly" Vol. 18, No. 5 (May 1990) http://www.dmagazine.com/publications/d-magazine/1990/march/the-aura-of-murder/ http://community.seattletimes.nwsource.com/archive/?date=19900304&slug=1059149 “The Trail Went Cold” is on Patreon! Visit www.patreon.com/thetrailwentcold to become a patron and gain access to our exclusive bonus content. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Spotify. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
Jan 29, 2020
The Trail Went Cold – Episode 158 – Ezzat Aboul-Hosn
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May 20, 1982. Kendall, Florida. A fire breaks out at the home of 30-year old Ezzat Aboul-Hosn and a badly burned body is found pinned underneath a car inside his garage. The body is tentatively identified as Ezzat and after it is determined that a leaky fuel line caused the fire, his death is ruled to be accidental. However, after Ezzat’s sister collects on a substantial life insurance policy, investigators become suspicious and eventually discover that the victim’s teeth do not match Ezzat’s dental records. Evidence suggests that Ezzat faked his death and fled to his home county of Lebanon, but he is never actually found. Did Ezzat Aboul-Hosn successfully get away with murder? If so, then who was the unidentified man killed in the fire? We shall attempt to answer these questions, as we explore one of the most bizarre stories we’ve ever covered on this week’s episode of “The Trail Went Cold”. This episode of The Trail Went Cold is brought to you by Best Fiends, a unique and exciting puzzle experience unlike other puzzle games out there. Download it FREE on the Apple App Store or Google Play. Additional Reading: The Argus-Press (Feb. 19, 1983) The Lewiston Daily Sun (Feb. 21, 1983) The Lakeland Ledger (March 4, 1983) Detroit Free Press (March 4, 1983) The Dispatch (March 5, 1983) https://old.reddit.com/r/UnresolvedMysteries/comments/4akuak/oc_the_death_of_ezzat_aboulhosn/ “The Trail Went Cold” is on Patreon! Visit www.patreon.com/thetrailwentcold to become a patron and gain access to our exclusive bonus content. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Spotify. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
Jan 22, 2020
The Trail Went Cold – Episode 157 – Jamie Stickle
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February 8, 2002. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. After closing up the bar she manages and drinking at various clubs in the downtown area, 33-year old Jamie Stickle drives back home to her apartment. Shortly thereafter, Jamie’s Jeep Wrangler is found engulfed in flames near her front door and her badly burned body is in the driver’s seat. Since some of Jamie’s personal items are scattered on the ground and there is a blood trail at the scene, this seems to indicate a violent attack, but investigators are unable to determine how exactly the fire started. As a result, there is not enough concrete evidence to classify Jamie’s death as a homicide and her cause of death is officially ruled to be “undetermined”. Was Jamie the victim of foul play or was she actually killed in a freak accident? If it was murder, who was responsible and what could their motive have been? This week’s episode of “The Trail Went Cold” explores a truly perplexing cold case which has stumped investigators for the past two decades. In addition, we will also briefly discuss the brutal unsolved murder of Catherine Corkery, which took place in Pittsburgh on July 22, 1989. Additional Reading: https://www.pghcitypaper.com/pittsburgh/unsolved-murder-has-many-keys/Content?oid=1337516 http://www.pghcitypaper.com/pittsburgh/north-side-death-still-mourned-and-mysterious/Content?oid=1334804 https://archive.triblive.com/news/4-years-and-no-leads-in-north-side-death/ https://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2012/02/06/For-family-of-Jamie-Stickle-search-for-clues-to-her-death-never-ends/stories/201202060215 https://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2019/04/29/kdka-mysteries-jamie-stickle-burning-jeep/ "Who Killed... Pittsburgh, Pa?" by Jack Swint https://patch.com/pennsylvania/dormont-brookline/unsolved-cases-catherine-corkery-afd942dd “The Trail Went Cold” is on Patreon! Visit www.patreon.com/thetrailwentcold to become a patron and gain access to our exclusive bonus content. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Spotify. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
Jan 15, 2020
The Trail Went Cold – Episode 156 – Don Smith & Philip Fraser
May 16, 1987. Denver, Colorado. After a collision with another vehicle, the unidentified driver of a pick-up truck runs away from the accident scene. Police discover that the man was registered at a local motel under the name “Larry Monroe” and the truck is registered to a 55-year old California resident named Don Smith. Five days earlier, Don had left on a road trip to visit relatives and his murdered body is eventually discovered in a remote area of Idaho. Before his death, several witnesses saw Don in the company of a man matching the description of the mysterious “Larry Monroe”, but the suspect is never found.June 18, 1988. 40 Mile Flats, British Columbia. After leaving his home in Anchorage, Alaska on a lengthy road trip to Washington state, 23-year old Philip Fraser stops at a remote café and agrees to give a ride to a hitchhiker. The following evening, Philip’s abandoned, burned-out vehicle is discovered at a car wash in Prince George and his murdered body is found in a remote gravel pit one month later. On the same day Philip went missing, a couple had come across the hitchhiker with Philip’s car and allowed him to spend the night in their home. Evidence suggested that this man was attempting to assume Phillip’s identity, but investigators are unable to track him down.On this week’s episode of “The Trail Went Cold”, we cover two unsolved cold cases in which the victims were murdered after picking up an unidentified hitchhiker. This episode of The Trail Went Cold is brought to you by Best Fiends, a unique and exciting puzzle experience unlike other puzzle games out there. Download it FREE on the Apple App Store or Google Play. Additional Reading: https://unsolved.com/gallery/don-smith/ https://unsolvedmysteries.fandom.com/wiki/Donald_Smith https://unsolved.com/gallery/philip-innes-fraser/ https://unsolvedmysteries.fandom.com/wiki/Philip_Innes_Fraser “The Trail Went Cold” is on Patreon! Visit www.patreon.com/thetrailwentcold to become a patron and gain access to our exclusive bonus content. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Spotify. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
Jan 08, 2020
The Trail Went Cold – Episode 155 – Update!
Since “The Trail Went Cold” originally launched in February 2016, we have featured over 200 unsolved cold cases on the podcast, but a decent number of these cases have either wound up being solved or had some significant developments take place. Examples include the disappearance of Pamela Butler, the murder of Jodine Serrin, the disappearance of 12-year old Jonelle Matthews, and the murder of an unidentified Jane Doe known only as “Orange Socks”. In this special “update” episode of “The Trail Went Cold”, we will kick off 2020 by chronicling all the major developments which have occurred in these stories over the past four years. Special thanks to actress Kaniehtiio Horn for providing the opening narration on this episode. Please check out her podcast, “A Coffee With My Ma”. This episode also contains a promo for the true crime podcast, “Already Gone”. This episode of "The Trail Went Cold" is brought to you by HelloFresh. Go to HelloFresh.com/COLD10 and use code “COLD10” during HelloFresh’s New Year’s sale for 10 free meals including free shipping. Additional Reading: http://charleyproject.org/case/pamela-j-butler https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/public-safety/eight-years-after-pamela-butler-disappeared-from-her-dc-home-her-killer-admits-guilt/2017/10/06/5c8134e2-aa9f-11e7-92d1-58c702d2d975_story.html https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/public-safety/imprisoned-for-killing-one-woman-dc-area-man-is-charged-with-murder-in-another-womans-death/2019/10/18/d1700a2a-f1ca-11e9-89eb-ec56cd414732_story.html https://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/local/jodine-serrin-carlsbad-cold-case-murder-suspect-david-mabrito/168412/ https://www.statesman.com/news/20190807/40-years-after-her-death-debra-jackson-of-abilene-identified-as-orange-socks https://www.huffpost.com/entry/el-dorado-jane-doe_n_5c48cc72e4b025aa26bf852d https://www.candgnews.com/news/judge-overwhelming-evidence-in-galloway-case-114983 https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-49661128 https://coloradosun.com/2019/10/01/jonelle-matthews-greeley-police-murder-cold-case-pankey/ https://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-andrea-kuiper-identification-20170512-htmlstory.html https://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/arizona-best-reads/2018/12/23/hatbox-baby-great-arizona-mystery-new-clues-solve-sharon-elliott/2301185002/ https://www.pennlive.com/news/2019/08/tracy-kroh-timeline-years-of-searching-recently-an-arrest-but-will-the-mystery-finally-end.html https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/new-witness-backs-up-gardas-theory-that-trevor-deely-killed-in-row-with-gang-38755889.html https://www.providencejournal.com/news/20171218/tempest-convicted-second-time-in-1982-murder https://www.tampabay.com/news/florida/2019/10/19/state-attorney-rejects-death-row-inmates-dna-appeal/ https://www.star-telegram.com/news/local/crime/article235188057.html https://lostnfoundblogs.com/f/dale-kerstetter-gone-platinum https://lostnfoundblogs.com/f/dale-kerstetter-gone-platinum-2-the-mystery-deepens https://the-record-newspaper.tumblr.com/archive https://www.cleveland.com/crime/2019/12/newburgh-heights-police-tiffin-university-students-partner-up-to-investigate-1981-cold-case-death-of-kurt-sova.html https://www.cbs46.com/news/exclusive-a-possible-crack-in-the-cold-cases-of-mary/article_38603214-f6c1-11e9-b397-97fdb9832a0f.html https://www.oxygen.com/the-disappearance-of-the-millbrook-twins/crime-news/disappearance-of-the-millbrook-twins-richmond “The Trail Went Cold” is on Patreon! Visit www.patreon.com/thetrailwentcold to become a patron and gain access to our exclusive bonus content. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Spotify. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
Jan 01, 2020
The Trail Went Cold – Episode 154 – The Walker Family Murders
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December 19, 1959. Osprey, Florida. After spending the day running errands and visiting a family friend, 25-year old Cliff Walker, his 24-year old wife Christine, and their two children, three-year old Jimmie and 23-month old Debbie, head back to their rural home in separate vehicles. The following morning, the family’s bodies are discovered inside their house. They were each shot in the head before Debbie was drowned in the bathtub and Christine has also been sexually assaulted. Over the next several decades, investigators would look at a number of different suspects, but two of the most promising turn out to be Perry Smith and Richard Hickock, who were responsible for the murder of the Clutter family in Kansas one month earlier, a crime which became the subject of the iconic book, “In Cold Blood”. However, DNA testing on the deceased killers turns out to be inconclusive and there is no evidence to conclusively implicate anyone. This week’s episode of “The Trail Went Cold” covers the harrowing murders of an entire family which have remained unsolved for 60 years. Special thanks to listener Alanna LaForce for providing the opening narration for this episode. Additional Reading: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walker_family_murders "In Colder Blood" by J.T. Hunter http://www.heraldtribune.com/news/20051218/unsolved http://www.heraldtribune.com/news/20051219/the-suspects-a-litany-of-names-and-clues http://www.heraldtribune.com/news/20051220/a-last-hope-dna-could-crack-the-case http://www.heraldtribune.com/news/20121209/what-if-in-cold-blood-got-it-wrong-about-walker-murders http://www.heraldtribune.com/news/20121209/what-in-cold-blood-said http://www.heraldtribune.com/news/20130813/no-dna-link-between-walker-murders-in-cold-blood-killers “The Trail Went Cold” is on Patreon! Visit www.patreon.com/thetrailwentcold to become a patron and gain access to our exclusive bonus content. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Spotify. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
Dec 18, 2019
The Trail Went Cold – Episode 153 – Katrina Ploy
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December 17, 2006. Sydney, Australia. After spending the day with her family, 25-year old Katrina Ploy drives away from her parents’ house. Hours later, Katrina’s abandoned car and some of her possessions are found next to an oceanside cliff known as “The Gap”, but Katrina herself is missing. Katrina’s body is found floating in Sydney Harbour on Christmas Day, but since she has no noticeable injuries, the evidence suggests she did not fall off the cliff and entered the water at another location. An investigation reveals lot of complications in Katrina’s personal life, including a secret relationship with a former biker, sexual harassment at her workplace, and rumours about her being linked to powerful figures from organized crime. In the end, a coronial inquest fails to turn up any conclusive answers about what caused Katrina’s death or who might have been responsible. Join us as we travel down under to explore a baffling Australian mystery on this week’s holiday-themed episode of “The Trail Went Cold”. This episode of The Trail Went Cold is brought to you by Best Fiends, a unique and exciting puzzle experience unlike other puzzle games out there. Download it FREE on the Apple App Store or Google Play. This episode of The Trail Went Cold is also sponsored by Away Luggage. To learn more, go to awaytravel.com/cold. Plus, order by the end of the day on December 15 to get free ground shipping with guaranteed free delivery by December 20. Only Applicable if you live in the U.S., EU, UK, Canada or Australia. Additional Reading: https://www.police.nsw.gov.au/can_you_help_us/rewards/100000_reward/murder_of_katrina_ploy https://amp.news.com.au/lifestyle/real-life/mystery-meeting-may-hold-clue-to-murder-of-katrina-ploy/news-story/e90bb0e4114a10bb5bef75f7055c9e89 https://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2010-08-06/cliff-suicide-coroner-delivers-open-finding/935070 https://www.smh.com.au/national/death-at-the-gap-she-was-harassed-20070125-gdpbnc.html https://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/nation/ex-bikie-wont-talk-to-cops-about-death/news-story/a9cf556d51f431ebb77686314f4e4385 https://www.smh.com.au/national/gap-death-woman-had-wanted-to-die-20100803-1149y.html https://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2010-08-03/cliff-death-coroner-issues-warrant-for-ex-boyfriend/930586 https://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/nation/hitman-linked-to-sydney-suicide-probe/news-story/42de32ce5ddf73d43644fc8ad69ea1e0 https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/five-key-suspects-in-bizarre-gap-murder-case/news-story/28c6f3e522726be191c69e6ec9392643?sv=32c6650a304da0466b92a82196e07f5c “The Trail Went Cold” is on Patreon! Visit www.patreon.com/thetrailwentcold to become a patron and gain access to our exclusive bonus content. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Spotify. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
Dec 11, 2019
The Trail Went Cold – Episode 152 – Melvin Horst
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December 27, 1928. Orrville, Ohio. Four-year old Melvin Horst leaves his home to play in the neighbourhood with friends, but never returns and a search of the area fails to turn up any trace of him. Over the course of the next two years, a number of different suspects would be arrested after allegations surface that Melvin’s disappearance was a revenge scheme orchestrated by local bootleggers because his uncle was the town marshal and rigidly enforced Prohibition. Two suspects are convicted of Melvin’s presumed abduction before their sentences are overturned while two other men make questionable confessions which cannot be backed up by evidence. Was Melvin Horst actually abducted by criminals who were involving in bootlegging? If so, could he have been passed around and raised under a new identity somewhere? On this week’s episode of the “The Trail Went Cold”, we cover the oldest unsolved missing children’s case in the history of Ohio, a crazy story which captured the entire nation’s attention when it happened. This episode of “The Trail Went Cold” is sponsored by Native. For 20% off your first purchase, please visit nativedeodorant.com and enter the promo code “cold” during checkout. Additional Reading: http://charleyproject.org/case/melvin-charles-horst https://www.cleveland.com/news/2019/07/a-missing-child-can-never-be-forgotten-police-surviving-sister-seek-answers-in-1928-disappearance-of-orrville-boy.html http://strangec.blogspot.com/2019/06/the-lost-boy-mystery-of-melvin-horst.html "Unsolved Murders & Disappearances in Northeast Ohio" by Jane Ann Turzillo “The Trail Went Cold” is on Patreon! Visit www.patreon.com/thetrailwentcold to become a patron and gain access to our exclusive bonus content. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Spotify. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
Dec 04, 2019
The Trail Went Cold – Episode 151 – The Las Cruces Bowling Alley Massacre
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February 10, 1990. Las Cruces, New Mexico. A pair of armed gunmen enter a bowling alley called the Las Cruces Bowl and bring everyone inside into the manager’s office. After stealing money from the safe, the assailants fire several bullets into seven people before fleeing the scene. Three of the victims – 33-year old Ida Holguin, 34-year old Stephanie Senac, and her 12-year old daughter, Melissia Repass – manage to survive the shooting, but the four other victims – 13-year old Amy Houser, 26-year old Steven Teran, his six-year old stepdaughter Paula Holguin, and his two-year old daughter Valerie Teran – wind up dead. While the crime generates a lot of publicity, the two perpetrators are never found or identified, and there is a lot debate about whether robbery was actually the true motive for this crime. This week’s episode of “The Trail Went Cold” explores the “Las Cruces Bowling Alley Massacre”, one of the most horrific and senseless crimes ever featured on the podcast. Special thanks to listener Rob Polanco for providing the opening narration for this episode. Additional Reading: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Las_Cruces_bowling_alley_massacre https://www.cnn.com/2015/02/05/us/bowling-alley-massacre-anniversary/index.html https://www.kob.com/albuquerque-news/30-years-later-bowling-alley-massacre-still-unsolved/5523494/ https://unsolved.com/gallery/bowling-alley-murder/ http://www.lcsun-news.com/story/news/crime/2016/02/09/bowl-alley-massacre-case-remains-unsolved-26-years-later/80089278/ https://www.foxnews.com/us/new-mexico-murders-still-a-mystery-after-21-years#ixzz1wBH3crfh “The Trail Went Cold” is on Patreon! Visit www.patreon.com/thetrailwentcold to become a patron and gain access to our exclusive bonus content. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Spotify. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
Nov 27, 2019
The Trail Went Cold – Episode 150 – Amy Billig
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March 5, 1974. Coconut Grove, Florida. 17-year old Amy Billig phones her father from her home and arranges to meet him at his workplace in order to borrow money to have lunch with friends. Amy is last hitchhiking next to a highway, but she never shows up to meet her father or her friends and is subsequently reported missing. After being informed that Amy was abducted by a gang of bikers, her mother, Susan Billig, spends the next several years attempting to track her down and even encounters a biker who claims to have bought and owned Amy for a time. The Billig family also has to endure two decades’ worth of harassing phone calls from another man who claims to have kidnapped Amy, but even after the caller is identified and arrested, no trace of Amy is ever found. Was Amy Billig actually abducted and held captive by bikers? Was the tormenting caller responsible for Amy’s disappearance? Or could an unknown third party have murdered her instead? This week’s episode of “The Trail Went Cold” chronicles one of the most convoluted missing persons cases we’ve ever covered, which has still not found a conclusive resolution after 45 years. Additional Reading: "Without a Trace: The Disappearance of Amy Billig" by Greg Aunapu and Susan Billig https://unsolvedmysteries.fandom.com/wiki/Amy_Billig http://charleyproject.org/case/amy-billig http://www.nytimes.com/1995/12/03/us/the-night-caller-21-years-of-unspeakable-grief.html http://people.com/archive/the-night-caller-vol-45-no-8/ https://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/fl-xpm-1998-02-26-9802250754-story.html https://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/crime/article226721904.html “The Trail Went Cold” is on Patreon! Visit www.patreon.com/thetrailwentcold to become a patron and gain access to our exclusive bonus content. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Spotify. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
Nov 20, 2019
The Trail Went Cold – Episode 149 – Robert Hoagland
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July 28, 2013. Newtown, Connecticut. 50-year old Robert “Hoagy” Hoagland is last seen mowing the lawn outside his house. The following day, his wife, Lori, returns from a trip to Turkey, but Hoagy fails to pick her up at the airport as scheduled. When Lori returns home, she discovers that her husband is missing and that his vehicle and all of his personal possessions have been left behind. Investigators explore the possibility that Hoagy’s disappearance might be connected to drug addiction issues involving his son, Max, and a recent confrontation Hoagy had with some of Max’s criminal associates. However, they also cannot rule out the idea that Hoagy disappeared voluntarily, as he had once run away from his family on a previous occasion. This week’s episode of “The Trail Went Cold” explores a truly perplexing missing persons case in which there is no conclusive evidence to suggest what happened. Additional Reading: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disappearance_of_Robert_Hoagland https://www.nbcconnecticut.com/news/local/Newtown-Man-Missing-for-Nearly-a-Year-268545472.html https://www.newstimes.com/policereports/article/Newtown-man-s-disappearance-featured-on-TV-show-7954415.php https://www.newstimes.com/policereports/article/Man-s-disappearance-still-a-riddle-4757047.php https://www.newstimes.com/local/article/Six-months-after-Newtown-man-s-disappearance-no-5218083.php#photo-5843666 http://www.newstimes.com/local/article/Newtown-man-s-disappearance-troubles-loved-ones-a-5677519.php “The Trail Went Cold” is on Patreon! Visit www.patreon.com/thetrailwentcold to become a patron and gain access to our exclusive bonus content. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Spotify. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
Nov 13, 2019
The Trail Went Cold – Episode 148 – Joan Gay Croft
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April 9, 1947. Woodward, Oklahoma. Four-year old Joan Gay Croft is taken to the local hospital after an F5 tornado devastates her hometown and takes the lives of over 100 people, including her mother. While Joan Gay and her half-sister are recovering from injuries in the basement, two men show up and take her away. They claim that they are taking Joan Gay to another hospital to see her family, but she is never seen again. Over the next several decades, there would be a number of odd developments, including an anonymous E-mailer claiming to be Joan Gay. Did Joan Gay Croft go on living her life under a new identity? If so, who were the two unidentified men who took her? Could she still be alive today? This week’s episode of “The Trail Went Cold” explores a truly baffling mystery surrounding one of the worst tornados in history. This episode of “The Trail Went Cold” is sponsored by Native. For 20% off your first purchase, please visit nativedeodorant.com and enter the promo code “cold” during checkout. Additional Reading: http://www.doenetwork.org/cases/2557dfok.html https://newsok.com/article/2468875/dna-test-may-solve-47-year-old-woodward-mystery-woman-believes-shes-joan-gay-croft http://www.tulsaworld.com/news/woodward-mystery-believed-solved/article_0fb79ae6-33a1-5c44-9938-f9559581419e.html http://newsok.com/where-is-mystery-woman-connected-to-1947-woodward-tornado/article/3666941 https://newsok.com/article/2609396/woman-seeks-cousin-lost-after-tornado https://www.enidnews.com/opinion/after-years-joan-croft-still-a-mystery/article_9eefe3d7-1ca3-5af8-a438-efe4e2d71ea9.html http://kfor.com/2016/05/05/search-still-on-for-woodward-5-year-old-who-vanished-after-tornado-69-years-ago/ “The Trail Went Cold” is on Patreon! Visit www.patreon.com/thetrailwentcold to become a patron and gain access to our exclusive bonus content. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Spotify. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
Nov 06, 2019
The Trail Went Cold – Episode 147 – The Lewis Clark Valley Murders
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September 12, 1982. Lewiston, Idaho. 21-year old Kristina Nelson and her 18-year old stepsister, Jacqueline “Brandy” Miller, leave Kristina’s apartment, but never return. That very same night, 35-year old Steven Pearsall vanishes after being dropped off at his workplace, the Lewiston Civic Theatre, where Kristina had previously held Steven’s job as a janitor. The disappearances are believed to be connected and a year-and-a-half later, Kristina and Brandy’s remains are found at the bottom of a ravine. Investigators explore potential connections with two other cold cases which took place within the Lewis-Clark Valley: the 1979 disappearance of 12-year old Christina White and the 1981 murder of 22-year old Kristin David. They turn up a promising person of interest who seems to link these cases together, but there is not enough evidence to charge with any of the crimes. Was a serial killer responsible for the murders of all five of these victims? Join us for this year’s final Halloween-themed episode of “The Trail Went Cold” which explores one of the craziest stories we’ve ever covered: the Lewis-Clark Valley Murders. This episode of “The Trail Went Cold” is brought to you by Away. For $20 off a suitcase, go to awaytravel.com/cold and use the promo code “Cold” Additional Reading: http://charleyproject.org/case/steven-r-pearsall http://charleyproject.org/case/christina-lee-white https://www.spokesman.com/stories/2017/aug/22/lewiston-law-enforcement-gives-fresh-look-at-unsol/ https://www.krem.com/article/news/crime/lewiston-clarkston-couple-create-documentary-on-late-70s-serial-killer/413396771 https://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/ids-cold-valley-doc-explores-unsolved-lewis-clark-murders-disappearances-you-can-only-hide-for-so-long https://www.investigationdiscovery.com/crimefeed/id-shows/on-tv0/in-pursuit-with-john-walsh/articles/ava-baldwin-kathryn-baldwin-abducted-from-san-antonio-2015 https://www.altereddimensions.net/2014/lewis-clark-valley-serial-killer-lewiston-clarkson-asotin-washington-idaho-killer-remains-free https://www.facebook.com/LCVSK/ https://vimeo.com/51442715 “The Trail Went Cold” is on Patreon! Visit www.patreon.com/thetrailwentcold to become a patron and gain access to our exclusive bonus content. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Spotify. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
Oct 30, 2019
The Trail Went Cold – Episode 146 – Janett Christman
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March 18, 1950. Columbia, Missouri. 13-year old Janett Christman shows up at a married couple’s residence to spend the evening babysitting their child. When the couple returns home, they discover that Janett has been raped and strangled to death by an intruder, and the local sheriff’s department would report having received a phone call from Janett while she was being attacked. The investigation uncovers a promising suspect named Robert Mueller, whom Janett had also babysat for, but there is not enough evidence to make an arrest. Four years earlier, another young Columbia woman was murdered in a strikingly similar fashion and a suspect went to the gas chamber for the crime. But could an innocent man have been executed while the real killer went on to murder Janett Christman? On this week’s Halloween-themed episode of “The Trail Went Cold”, we explore a creepy unsolved crime which inspired an infamous urban legend. Additional Reading: https://www.columbiatribune.com/article/20100307/News/303079884 https://web.archive.org/web/20180412110956/https://insidecolumbia.net/2015/10/01/who-killed-janett-christman/ “The Trail Went Cold” is on Patreon! Visit www.patreon.com/thetrailwentcold to become a patron and gain access to our exclusive bonus content. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Spotify. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
Oct 23, 2019
The Trail Went Cold – Episode 145 – David Stone & Devin Williams
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October 31, 1988. Hidalgo County, New Mexico. 29-year old David Stone, a stock market analyst from California, is seen wandering through the desert and exhibiting strange behaviour. Two days later, David’s abandoned car is discovered next to the highway, but David himself is nowhere to be found. Search efforts uncover a number of cryptic clues David left behind to suggest he was on some sort of spiritual journey related to the New Age movement. Over three years later, David’s remains are discovered in the desert, but the exact circumstances of his death remain unknown. May 28, 1995. Coconino County, Arizona. 28-year old Devin Williams, a long-haul truck driver from Kansas, recklessly drives semi-trailer truck into Tonto National Forest before it becomes stuck in some mud. After Devin exits the truck, witnesses see him displaying bizarre behaviour before he takes off into the woods and disappears. Devin had been in the midst of transporting a shipment from California to Kansas until he drove over 60 miles off-course for unknown reasons. Two years later, Devin’s skull is discovered near the bottom of a cliff, but no one can figure out his cause of death or why he wound up in the forest to begin with. In this month’s first Halloween-themed episode of “The Trail Went Cold”, we explore two odd cases in which a victim went missing after acting strangely before they were subsequently found dead. This episode of "The Trail Went Cold" is sponsored by the app game Best Fiends. Download it for free on the Apple App Store and the Google Play store. Additional Reading: https://unsolvedmysteries.fandom.com/wiki/David_Stone "The Prescott Courier" (April 14, 1992) https://unsolved.com/gallery/devin-williams/ https://web.archive.org/web/20140817081532/http://cjonline.com/stories/051697/skull.html https://www.sitcomsonline.com/boards/archive/index.php/t-157772.html “The Trail Went Cold” is on Patreon! Visit www.patreon.com/thetrailwentcold to become a patron and gain access to our exclusive bonus content. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Spotify. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
Oct 16, 2019
The Trail Went Cold – Episode 144 – Sydney Land & Neo Kaufmann
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October 27, 2016. Las Vegas, Nevada. 21-year old Sydney Land and her 20-year old boyfriend, Nehemiah “Neo” Kaufmann, are found shot to death inside Sydney’s apartment. The prime suspect is an alleged pimp named Shane Valentine, who had threatened the couple and fired a bullet into the home of Neo’s mother weeks earlier. Allegations eventually emerge that whoever committed the murders might be tied to a scandal involving police corruption and sex trafficking, and that a cover-up has been orchestrated to prevent the crime from being solved. This episode of “The Trail Went Cold” explores a convoluted case which was requested to us by Sydney’s mother, Connie Land, who is still seeking justice for her daughter’s murder. This episode of “The Trail Went Cold” is sponsored by Native. Native makes safe, simple, effective products that people use in the bathroom everyday with trusted ingredients and trusted performance. For 20% off your first purchase, please visit nativedeodorant.com and enter the promo code “cold” during checkout. Additional Reading: https://baltimorepostexaminer.com/who-killed-my-daughter/2019/06/07 https://baltimorepostexaminer.com/nevada-supreme-court-ruling-judge-melanie-andress-tobiasson-wins-round-one/2019/05/14 https://baltimorepostexaminer.com/las-vegas-judge-melanie-andress-tobiasson-vice-detectives-wanted-me-and-my-daughter-dead/2019/04/01 https://baltimorepostexaminer.com/why-is-the-las-vegas-media-silent-on-judge-melanie-andress-tobiasson/2019/03/15 https://baltimorepostexaminer.com/las-vegas-judges-statement-to-judicial-investigator-about-klas-tv-interview-conflicts-with-statement-made-to-the-baltimore-post-examiner/2019/03/01 https://baltimorepostexaminer.com/las-vegas-judge-melanie-andress-tobiasson-says-she-threatened-suspect-in-unsolved-murders-then-kicked-in-his-door/2019/02/26 https://baltimorepostexaminer.com/fbi-agents-behavior-during-las-vegas-corruption-probe-led-to-inquiry/2019/02/24 https://baltimorepostexaminer.com/las-vegas-detective-calls-baltimore-post-examiner-story-on-unsolved-murders-filth-and-filled-with-lies/2019/02/21 https://baltimorepostexaminer.com/exclusive-witness-claims-las-vegas-judge-melanie-andress-tobiasson-offered-her-a-bribe-to-implicate-innocent-man-in-unsolved-murder-case/2019/02/18 https://baltimorepostexaminer.com/did-las-vegas-d-a-steve-wolfson-and-sheriff-joe-lombardo-cover-up-corruption/2019/02/09 https://baltimorepostexaminer.com/las-vegas-sex-trafficker-who-is-suspect-in-unsolved-double-homicide-threatened-victims-weeks-before-the-murders/2019/02/04 https://baltimorepostexaminer.com/las-vegas-judge-melanie-andress-tobiasson-who-exposed-police-corruption-faces-constant-retaliation/2019/01/25 https://baltimorepostexaminer.com/judge-claims-fbi-refused-information-on-police-corruption-probe-after-pressure-from-lvmpd/2019/01/21 https://baltimorepostexaminer.com/exclusive-affidavits-provide-insight-las-vegas-fbi-corruption-probe-las-vegas-metro-police-department/2018/05/19 https://baltimorepostexaminer.com/whos-running-fbi-las-vegas-division-las-vegas-metro-police-department-fbi/2018/05/17 https://baltimorepostexaminer.com/las-vegas-police-department-tells-fbi-stop-talking-judge-corruption/2018/05/15 https://baltimorepostexaminer.com/not-special-special-prosecutor-gives-convicted-las-vegas-pimp-sweetheart-deal/2018/05/15 https://baltimorepostexaminer.com/las-vegas-sex-trafficker-prison-life-may-released-amidst-police-corruption-probe/2018/05/13 https://www.nevadacurrent.com/2018/06/07/plea-deal-raises-questions-about-ties-between-cops-and-pimps/ https://lasvegassun.com/news/2018/oct/26/2-years-later-mother-presses-for-break-in-case-of/ http://news3lv.com/news/local/a-new-break-and-a-familiar-person-of-interest-in-young-couples-murder “The Trail Went Cold” is on Patreon! Visit www.patreon.com/thetrailwentcold to become a patron and gain access to our exclusive bonus content.
Oct 09, 2019
The Trail Went Cold – Episode 143 – Charlie Anderson and Carol Montecalvo
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January 24, 1987. Burbank, California. 35-year old Charlie Anderson, a deputy with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, returns to his suburban home with his wife and two children. He is shot to death after entering the house in what appears to be a burglary gone wrong. Over one year later, 43-year old Carol Montecalvo is shot to death inside her home, which is located only four blocks away from the Anderson residence, creating suspicion that the two crimes are connected. However, Carol’s husband, Dan Montecalvo, is eventually convicted of her murder, but maintains they were both attacked by intruders. Even though a woman named Suzan Brown confesses to being involved in both these crimes, her claims are dismissed. Was Dan Montecalvo actually responsible for his wife’s murder? Did the same person who shot Carol also kill Charlie Anderson? Or could Charlie have actually been murdered by someone he knew and trusted? We shall examine both these cases on this week’s episode of “The Trail Went Cold” and explore their possible connections. Additional Reading: https://unsolved.com/gallery/charlie-anderson/ https://www.dailynews.com/2007/01/29/probe-ongoing-in-cops-slaying/ http://articles.burbankleader.com/2002-01-26/news/export11305_1_burbank-police-off-duty-police-officer-tim-stehr http://articles.latimes.com/1988-04-02/news/mn-524_1_hearing-shots https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dan_Montecalvo_case https://unsolvedmysteries.fandom.com/wiki/Dan_Montecalvo "Final Vows: Murder, Madness and Twisted Justice in California" by Karen Kingsbury “The Trail Went Cold” is on Patreon! Visit www.patreon.com/thetrailwentcold to become a patron and gain access to our exclusive bonus content. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Spotify. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
Oct 02, 2019
The Trail Went Cold – Episode 142 – Ireland’s Vanishing Triangle
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March 26, 1993. Dublin, Ireland. 26-year old Annie McCarrick, an American-born citizen living in Ireland, leaves her apartment to travel to the Wicklow Mountains, but never returns. Even though Annie is allegedly seen in a pub that night with an unidentified man, no trace of her is ever found. Over the course of the next five years, eight other women – 39-year old Eva Brennan, 22-year old Imelda Keenan, 21-year old Jo Jo Dullard, 17-year old Ciara Breen, 25-year old Fiona Pender, 19-year old Fiona Sinnott and 18-year old Deirdre Jacob - would vanish within a triangularly-shaped radius surrounding Dublin. This leads to speculation that some or all of the disappearances might be connected and the area becomes known as “Ireland’s Vanishing Triangle”. On this week’s episode of “The Trail Went Cold”, we travel overseas to explore eight separate unsolved missing persons cases. Special thanks to listener Dara Mahon for providing the opening narration for this episode. Additional Reading: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ireland%27s_Vanishing_Triangle https://www.irishcentral.com/culture/irelands-vanishing-triangle-missing https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Annie_McCarrick http://charleyproject.org/case/annie-bridget-mccarrick "Missing: The Unsolved Cases of Ireland's Missing Women and Children" by Barry Cummins "Missing, Presumed" by Alan Bailey https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Larry_Murphy_(criminal) “The Trail Went Cold” is on Patreon! Visit www.patreon.com/thetrailwentcold to become a patron and gain access to our exclusive bonus content. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Spotify. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
Sep 25, 2019
The Trail Went Cold – Episode 141 – David Bocks
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June 19, 1984. Fernald, Ohio. 39-year old Dave Bocks shows up to work the graveyard shift at the Fernald Feed Materials Production Center, a plant which processes uranium for nuclear weapons. Dave vanishes before his shift ends and evidence soon emerges that he fell into some molten liquid inside one of the plant’s furnaces. The authorities initially suspect that Dave could have committed suicide and find no evidence of foul play, but months later, the plant is implicated in a major scandal involving radioactive contamination, leading to speculation that Dave was murdered for threatening to blow the whistle on unsafe practices at his workplace. Did Dave Bocks jump or accidentally fall to his death inside a 1,300-degree furnace? Or did someone kill him and intentionally place his body in there? This week’s episode of “The Trail Went Cold” chronicles the controversial story of a plant which endangered a farming community and the unexplained death of one of its workers. Additional Reading: https://unsolved.com/gallery/dave-bocks/ https://unsolvedmysteries.fandom.com/wiki/Dave_Bocks https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fernald_Feed_Materials_Production_Center “The Trail Went Cold” is on Patreon! Visit www.patreon.com/thetrailwentcold to become a patron and gain access to our exclusive bonus content. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Spotify. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
Sep 18, 2019
The Trail Went Cold – Episode 140 – Michele Harris
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September 11, 2001. Tioga County, New York. 35-year old Michele Harris finishes her evening shift at her workplace, but never returns home. The following morning, Michele’s abandoned minivan is discovered on a road next to the driveway of her family’s rural property. Suspicion turns towards Michele’s estranged husband, Cal Harris, as the couple are in the midst of a heated divorce and tiny specks of blood are soon found inside their residence. Years later, Cal is charged with Michele’s murder and found guilty, but the case would undergo four trials and two overturned convictions while the defence points the finger at alternate suspects. Cal is finally acquitted of the crime in 2016, but Michele’s body is never found. Was Cal Harris actually responsible for his wife’s disappearance, or did someone else murder Michele? This week’s episode of “The Trail Went Cold” is one of the most convoluted cases we’ve ever covered, chronicling a disappearance which just happened to take place only 200 miles from New York City on one of the most infamous dates in history. This episode of “The Trail Went Cold” is sponsored by Native. Native makes safe, simple, effective products that people use in the bathroom everyday with trusted ingredients and trusted performance. For 20% off your first purchase, please visit nativedeodorant.com and enter the promo code “cold” during checkout. Additional Reading: http://charleyproject.org/case/michele-anne-harris https://www.cbsnews.com/news/48-hours-presents-cal-harris-the-final-verdict/ https://www.pressconnects.com/story/news/local/2016/05/27/cal-harris-timeline/85036744/ https://www.cnn.com/2016/05/24/us/cal-harris-murder-trial-verdict/index.html https://www.pressconnects.com/story/news/crime/cal-harris/2017/02/14/cal-harris-accused-menacing-harassment-oneonta/97891914/ “The Trail Went Cold” is on Patreon! Visit www.patreon.com/thetrailwentcold to become a patron and gain access to our exclusive bonus content. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Spotify. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
Sep 11, 2019
The Trail Went Cold – Bonus Episode – Kent Heitholt
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"The Trail Went Cold" is taking a break this week after a busy summer of live shows and conventions! In place of a brand new episode, please enjoy this Patreon-exclusive bonus episode from last year covering the case of Kent Heitholt. Robin covered this same case at the Ottawa Podcast Festival in August 2019. November 1, 2001. Columbia, Missouri. Kent Heitholt, a 48-year old sports editor for the Columbia Daily Tribune, is severely beaten and strangled to death in their parking lot. Two-and-a-half years later, investigators are led towards a young suspect named Charles Erickson, who has told people he had vivid dreams of himself and his friend, Ryan Ferguson, murdering Kent after leaving a nearby bar that night. After Charles confesses to the crime, both he and Ryan are charged with Kent’s murder and Charles’ testimony helps convict Ryan and send him to prison for 40 years. However, after Charles and another key witness recant their testimony, Ryan’s conviction is vacated and he is released from prison in 2013. Even though many feel that Charles is also innocent of the crime, he continues to remain incarcerated. If Ryan Ferguson and Charles Erickson did not murder Kent Heitholt, then who did? On this month’s bonus Patreon episode, we explore one of the most infamous wrongful conviction cases in recent memory which has yet to find a definitive resolution.  “The Trail Went Cold” is on Patreon! Visit www.patreon.com/thetrailwentcold to become a patron and gain access to our exclusive bonus content. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Spotify. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
Sep 04, 2019
The Trail Went Cold – Episode 139 – The Short Family Murders
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August 15, 2002. Bassett, Virginia. 50-year old Michael Short and his 36-year old wife, Mary, are found shot to death inside their home, but the couple’s nine-year old daughter, Jennifer, is missing. Over one month later, Jennifer’s remains are discovered over 30 miles away in a rural area of North Carolina and it turns out she has been shot to death as well. The investigation turns up some promising leads, including a person of interest named Garrison Bowman, as well as an eyewitness sighting of an unidentified man who was seen parked across the street from the Short residence in a truck on the morning of the murders. However, these leads fail to bring about a resolution and no one can figure out a motive for this crime. On this week’s episode of “The Trail Went Cold”, we explore the truly horrific and baffling unsolved murders of an entire family. Special thanks to listener Jackie Elliott for providing the opening narration for this episode. Additional Reading: https://www.martinsvillebulletin.com/news/local/short-case-timeline/article_55042b5d-f433-5452-ab8d-e5519441a59a.html https://www.roanoke.com/news/virginia/mystery-of-who-killed-the-shorts-remains-unsolved-year-after/article_3b8582e5-a76c-59ca-b84a-74af81dd9eec.html https://www.greensboro.com/friend-witness-wasn-t-fleeing-john-beasley-says-garrison-bowman/article_5a9adebc-249e-58af-9728-54576c95e5dd.html https://www.greensboro.com/angry-landlord-fingered-bowman-friends-say-gary-lemons-was-furious/article_3b513ad9-d436-560a-84d0-a622c8bd6bb5.html https://www.roanoke.com/news/virginia/man-s-life-upturned-i-didn-t-know-them/article_f7037a40-68dd-5ccc-82f6-30519e08a2d7.html “The Trail Went Cold” is on Patreon! Visit www.patreon.com/thetrailwentcold to become a patron and gain access to our exclusive bonus content. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Spotify. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
Aug 28, 2019
The Trail Went Cold – Episode 138 – Doyle Wheeler
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April 19, 1988. Suncrest, Washington. 36-year old Doyle Wheeler, a former police officer from the San Diego Police Department, is attacked inside his home by a group of armed intruders. They force Wheeler to write a suicide note at gunpoint, hog-tie him, and fire a shot which grazes the side of his head, but he winds up surviving the attack. Evidence seems to link the intruders to another San Diego police officer named Donovan Jacobs whom Wheeler had testified against at a previous murder trial. While Wheeler suspects Jacobs of orchestrating the attempt on his life, Jacobs believes the incident never even happened and accused Wheeler of fabricating the entire story in order to set him up. Did Donovan Jacobs attempt to have Doyle Wheeler killed? Did Wheeler orchestrate a fake home invasion in order to frame Jacobs? Or could an unknown third party have been behind the entire thing? On this week’s episode of “The Trail Went Cold”, we explore the alleged attempted murder of a police officer in one of the most unique and complex stories we’ve ever covered. This episode of "The Trail Went Cold" is sponsored by Native. Native makes safe, simple, effective products that people use in the bathroom everyday with trusted ingredients and trusted performance. For 20% off your first purchase, please visit nativedeodorant.com and enter the promo code “cold” during checkout. “The Trail Went Cold” will be appearing at the Ottawa Podcast Festival, being held at the “LIVE! on Elgin” venue in Ottawa, Ontario on Saturday, August 24. For more information and to purchase tickets to the event, please visit their website (https://www.ottawapodcastfestival.com). “The Trail Went Cold” is on Patreon! Visit www.patreon.com/thetrailwentcold to become a patron and gain access to our exclusive bonus content. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Spotify. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
Aug 21, 2019
The Trail Went Cold – Episode 137 – Clifford Sherwood & George Gumbly
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October 21, 1954. Verdun, Quebec. Nine-year old Clifford Sherwood leaves for school and meets up with his 12-year old friend, George Gumbly. The two boys never arrive at school or return home and are subsequently reported missing. Clifford’s mother, Frances Sherwood, believes that her abusive ex-husband, Nephi “Tex” Sherwood, abducted Clifford and took him across the country to British Columbia, but there is no evidence to implicate him. When Tex passes away three decades later, his family discovers that he had been living under a false identity and led a secret double life, furthering their belief that Tex raised Clifford under a new identity and giving them hope that Clifford might still be alive somewhere. But if Clifford was abducted by his father, what happened to George Gumbly? On this week’s episode of “The Trail Went Cold”, we explore a truly bizarre mystery which is considered to be the oldest registered missing children’s case in the history of Canada. Special thanks to the "Lost and Found" blog for being a source of information for this episode. “The Trail Went Cold” will be appearing at the Ottawa Podcast Festival, being held at the “LIVE! on Elgin” venue in Ottawa, Ontario on Saturday, August 24. For more information and to purchase tickets to the event, please visit their website (https://www.ottawapodcastfestival.com). The Trail Went Cold will be appearing at the event, “True Crime Podcasts: Live in Toronto”, being held at the Royal Cinema in Toronto on Sunday, August 18. For more information and to purchase tickets to the event, please visit this website. “The Trail Went Cold” is on Patreon! Visit www.patreon.com/thetrailwentcold to become a patron and gain access to our exclusive bonus content. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Spotify. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
Aug 14, 2019
The Trail Went Cold – Episode 136 – Deanna Cremin & Melanie Melanson
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March 29, 1995. Somerville, Massachusetts. 17-year old Deanna Cremin spends the evening with her boyfriend, Tommy LeBlanc, but fails to return home. The following morning, Deanna’s body is found behind a senior housing complex and she has been sexually assaulted and strangled to death. According to Tommy, he had walked Deanna halfway to her house before turning around and heading back home, but he denies any involvement in her murder. While Tommy and two other individuals are looked at as persons of interest, no one is ever charged with the crime. October 27, 1989. Woburn, Massachusetts. 14-year old Melanie Melanson tells her grandmother that she is planning to sleep over at her next-door neighbour’s house. When Melanie fails to return home the following day, her family learns that she actually sneaked away to attend a party in a wooded area on the outskirts of town. Two older boys are named as the last people seen with Melanie, but they give conflicting stories about what happened to her. While investigators are certain that something happened to Melanie at the party, no trace of her is ever found. On this week’s episode of “The Trail Went Cold”, we cover two unsolved cold cases involving teenage girls which took place in Middlesex County, Massachusetts. “The Trail Went Cold” will be appearing at the Ottawa Podcast Festival, being held at the “LIVE! on Elgin” venue in Ottawa, Ontario on Saturday, August 24. For more information and to purchase tickets to the event, please visit their website (https://www.ottawapodcastfestival.com). The Trail Went Cold will be appearing at the event, “True Crime Podcasts: Live in Toronto”, being held at the Royal Cinema in Toronto on Sunday, August 18. For more information and to purchase tickets to the event, please visit this website. “The Trail Went Cold” is on Patreon! Visit www.patreon.com/thetrailwentcold to become a patron and gain access to our exclusive bonus content. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Spotify. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
Aug 07, 2019
The Trail Went Cold – Episode 135 – Paul Whipkey
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July 10, 1958. Monterey County, California. 26-year old First Lieutenant Paul Whipkey leaves Fort Ord, the Army base where he is stationed. When he fails to return, he is declared AWOL before being declared a “deserter” 30 days later. Five weeks after he went missing, Whipkey’s abandoned car is discovered nearly 500 miles away in a remote section of Death Valley. Since Whipkey’s body cannot be found, the Army believes he suffered a mental breakdown and wandered into the desert and died. However, Whipkey’s family discovers troubling discrepancies to make them suspect the Army staged his disappearance. In 1982, Whipkey’s status is officially changed to “died in the line of duty”, but he is never found and the full truth about what happened to him is not revealed. Could Whipkey have been recruited by the CIA and sent on a secret mission? Or was his disappearance connected to a previous assignment involving atomic testing? We shall explore all the different potential scenarios as we cover a bizarre military-themed mystery on this week’s edition on “The Trail Went Cold”. Join us on August 3 at 8:00pm Eastern Time for an online streaming Unsolved Mysteries marathon where we will be watching segments covered on episodes of "The Trail Went Cold." For more details, please visit our Facebook or Twitter pages. “The Trail Went Cold” will be appearing at the Ottawa Podcast Festival, being held at the “LIVE! on Elgin” venue in Ottawa, Ontario on Saturday, August 24. For more information and to purchase tickets to the event, please visit their website (https://www.ottawapodcastfestival.com). The Trail Went Cold will be appearing at the event, “True Crime Podcasts: Live in Toronto”, being held at the Royal Cinema in Toronto on Sunday, August 18. For more information and to purchase tickets to the event, please visit this website. “The Trail Went Cold” is on Patreon! Visit www.patreon.com/thetrailwentcold to become a patron and gain access to our exclusive bonus content. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Spotify. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
Jul 31, 2019
The Trail Went Cold – Episode 134 – Louise and Charmian Faulkner
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April 26, 1980. St. Kilda, Australia. 43-year old Louise Faulkner and her two-year old daughter, Charmian Faulkner, are seen climbing into a car driven by an older man. Louise had told a neighbour she was planning to visit her boyfriend at his farm, but she does not return and both Louise and her daughter are reported missing. The investigation eventually focuses on George Sutherland, a married man who had been carrying on an affair with Louise and is believed to be Charmian’s biological father. 26 years later, the media receives an anonymous letter from someone who claims they heard George confess to Louise and Charmian’s murders. This leads to a coronial inquest, but in the end, there is not enough evidence to implicate George and neither of the two victims are found. “The Trail Went Cold” is going back down under this week for an episode which explores one of the infamous missing persons cases in Australian history. Special thanks to listener Mel Badger for providing the opening narration for this episode. “The Trail Went Cold” will be appearing at the Ottawa Podcast Festival, being held at the “LIVE! on Elgin” venue in Ottawa, Ontario on Saturday, August 24. For more information and to purchase tickets to the event, please visit their website (https://www.ottawapodcastfestival.com). The Trail Went Cold will be appearing at the event, “True Crime Podcasts: Live in Toronto”, being held at the Royal Cinema in Toronto on Sunday, August 18. For more information and to purchase tickets to the event, please visit this website. “The Trail Went Cold” is on Patreon! Visit www.patreon.com/thetrailwentcold to become a patron and gain access to our exclusive bonus content. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Spotify. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
Jul 24, 2019
The Trail Went Cold – Episode 133 – Dick Hansen
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April 30, 1991. Santa Clara County, California. After spending the night in downtown San Jose with his friend, Jean, 36-year old Dick Hansen notices that he is being watched by a man in a car. When Dick and Jean leave the city in their respective vehicles, they are followed by this man for over ten miles, prompting Dick to leave the freeway and pull over. When Dick walks over to the man’s vehicle to confront him, he is shot twice before the driver flees the scene. Jean is left alive as a witness and the only theory investigators can formulate is that the murder might be connected to Jean’s personalized licence plate for the San Francisco 49ers football team. Was Dick shot because he was mistaken for a 49ers player? On this week’s episode of “The Trail Went Cold”, we examine a truly baffling and senseless murder. In addition, we will also briefly discuss another senseless crime committed by a motorist, where a woman known only as “Carol” was shot in the face by a man driving a black pick-up truck on a rural Connecticut highway in August 1988. The Trail Went Cold will be appearing at the event, “True Crime Podcasts: Live in Toronto”, being held at the Royal Cinema in Toronto on Sunday, August 18. For more information and to purchase tickets to the event, please visit this website. “The Trail Went Cold” is on Patreon! Visit www.patreon.com/thetrailwentcold to become a patron and gain access to our exclusive bonus content. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Spotify. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
Jul 17, 2019
The Trail Went Cold – Episode 132 – Adele Born Williams
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January 19, 1944. Chicago, Illinois. 54-year old Adele Born Williams returns to her eighth-floor suite at the Drake Hotel alongside her daughter, Patricia Goodbody. A woman dressed in black suddenly emerges from the bathroom and fires a shot into Adele’s head before fleeing the scene and Adele dies the following day. To everyone’s surprise, one police lieutenant suspects Patricia of being the killer and believes that the mysterious “woman in black” did not exist. However, other evidence seems to point to the crime being a botched robbery attempt committed by one of the hotel clerks, but in the end, no one is ever charged with the murder. In preparation for our appearance at the True Crime Podcast Festival this coming weekend, this week’s episode of “The Trail Went Cold” covers one of Chicago’s most bizarre unsolved murders. This episode of "The Trail Went Cold" is sponsored by Native. Native makes safe, simple, effective products that people use in the bathroom everyday with trusted ingredients and trusted performance. For 20% off your first purchase, please visit nativedeodorant.com and enter the promo code “cold” during checkout. “The Trail Went Cold” will be appearing at True Crime Podcast Festival 2019 on July 13th at the Marriott Downtown in Chicago. Please visit their website for more details. The Trail Went Cold will be appearing at the event, “True Crime Podcasts: Live in Toronto”, being held at the Royal Cinema in Toronto on Sunday, August 18. For more information and to purchase tickets to the event, please visit this website. “The Trail Went Cold” is on Patreon! Visit www.patreon.com/thetrailwentcold to become a patron and gain access to our exclusive bonus content. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Spotify. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
Jul 10, 2019
The Trail Went Cold – Episode 131 – Toni Lee Sharpless
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August 23, 2009. Gladwyne, Pennsylvania. 29-year old Toni Lee Sharpless attends a party with her friend, Crystal Johns, but when Toni becomes intoxicated and starts displaying erratic behaviour, both she and Crystal are asked to leave. While driving away, the two friends get into an argument which leads to Crystal being kicked out of the car. This is the last time Toni or her vehicle are ever seen and there is concern that her disappearance might be connected to her struggles with bipolar disorder. Two weeks after Toni goes missing, her car’s licence number is flagged in Camden, New Jersey, and years later, an anonymous letter surfaces which claims that Toni was killed after an altercation with a police officer. Did Toni vanish because she accidentally drove her vehicle into the Schuylkill River? Or did something a lot more sinister happen? On this week’s episode of “The Trail Went Cold”, we cover a tragic missing persons case and explore all the different potential theories. “The Trail Went Cold” will be appearing at True Crime Podcast Festival 2019 on July 13th at the Marriott Downtown in Chicago. Please visit their website for more details. The Trail Went Cold will be appearing at the event, “True Crime Podcasts: Live in Toronto”, being held at the Royal Cinema in Toronto on Sunday, August 18. For more information and to purchase tickets to the event, please visit this website. “The Trail Went Cold” is on Patreon! Visit www.patreon.com/thetrailwentcold to become a patron and gain access to our exclusive bonus content. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Spotify. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
Jul 03, 2019
The Trail Went Cold – Episode 130 – Tara Breckenridge
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August 4, 1992. Houston, Texas. While working her shift as a waitress at a strip club, 23-year old Tara Breckenridge volunteers to go home early. Tara leaves at around 12:30 AM, but when she fails to return to her apartment by morning, Tara’s boyfriend, Wayne Hecker, goes searching for her. Wayne soon discovers Tara’s abandoned car next to a freeway and the vehicle’s alternator belt is missing. Wayne becomes a potential suspect, as his relationship with Tara was troubled and he has a shaky alibi during the approximate time period Tara went missing, but there is no evidence implicate anyone. Was Wayne actually responsible for Tara’s disappearance? Or could she have been victimized by one of her patrons at the strip club? We shall explore all the different theories, as we cover a baffling missing persons case on this week’s episode of “The Trail Went Cold”. Special thanks to listener Cheryl Weldon for providing the opening narration for this episode. “The Trail Went Cold” will be appearing at True Crime Podcast Festival 2019 on July 13th at the Marriott Downtown in Chicago. Please visit their website for more details. The Trail Went Cold will be appearing at the event, “True Crime Podcasts: Live in Toronto”, being held at the Royal Cinema in Toronto on Sunday, August 18. For more information and to purchase tickets to the event, please visit this website. “The Trail Went Cold” is on Patreon! Visit www.patreon.com/thetrailwentcold to become a patron and gain access to our exclusive bonus content. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Spotify. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
Jun 26, 2019
The Trail Went Cold – Episode 129 – Little Miss Panasoffkee and the Sumter County Does
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February 19, 1971. Sumter County, Florida. The body of a young woman is found floating beneath a bridge in Lake Panasoffkee. She has been strangled to death with a belt, but in spite of some intriguing clues, the victim cannot be identified and is named “Little Miss Panasoffkee”. Four decades later, investigators explore the possibly that she may have originally hailed from Greece and was murdered after travelling to the United States, but Little Miss Panasoffkee’s true identity cannot be conclusively established. August 9, 1976. Sumter County, South Carolina. A young man and woman are found shot to death by the side of a secluded dirt road, but they carry no identification. Investigators are able to uncover some promising leads, including a witness who claims he befriended the two victims and heard they were from Canada, and the discovery of the actual murder weapon in a suspect’s possession. However, the authorities lack that one crucial piece of evidence to solve the murder and conclusively identify the two victims, so they become known as “The Sumter County Does”. On this week’s episode of “The Trail Went Cold”, we explore two of the most heavily discussed cases involving murdered decedents who have somehow managed to remain unidentified for over four decades. “The Trail Went Cold” will also be appearing at True Crime Podcast Festival 2019 on July 13th at the Marriott Downtown in Chicago. Please visit their website for more details. The Trail Went Cold will be appearing at the event, “True Crime Podcasts: Live in Toronto”, being held at the Royal Cinema in Toronto on Sunday, August 18. For more information and to purchase tickets to the event, please visit this website. “The Trail Went Cold” is on Patreon! Visit www.patreon.com/thetrailwentcold to become a patron and gain access to our exclusive bonus content. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Spotify. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
Jun 19, 2019
The Trail Went Cold – Episode 128 – Roger Dean
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November 21, 1985. Littleton, Colorado. A masked gunman enters the home of 51-year old businessman Roger Dean and forces him to tie up and blindfold his wife, D.J.. After an apparent dispute over money, the gunman fatally shoots Roger and flees the scene, but investigators find evidence to suggest that Roger may have hired the intruder himself in a failed attempt at a kidnapping-robbery scheme. Nearly five years later, D.J. receives an anonymous letter from a man claiming to be Roger’s killer, who threatens to murder her daughter unless she pays him $100,000. Even after he instructs D.J. to drop off the money at a specified location, he does not show up and breaks off all contact. Were the extortionist and Roger Dean’s killer actually the same person? If so, what was his motive for the crime? Did Roger have some dark secrets in his background which led to his death? On this week’s episode of “The Trail Went Cold”, we examine a very bizarre and complex case of murder and extortion. “The Trail Went Cold” will also be appearing at True Crime Podcast Festival 2019 on July 13th at the Marriott Downtown in Chicago. Please visit their website for more details. The Trail Went Cold will be appearing at the event, “True Crime Podcasts: Live in Toronto”, being held at the Royal Cinema in Toronto on Sunday, August 18. For more information and to purchase tickets to the event, please visit this website. “The Trail Went Cold” is on Patreon! Visit www.patreon.com/thetrailwentcold to become a patron and gain access to our exclusive bonus content. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Spotify. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
Jun 12, 2019
The Trail Went Cold – Episode 127 – Shareef Cousin
March 2, 1995. New Orleans, Louisiana. After leaving a restaurant with his date in the French Quarter, 25-year old Michael Gerardi is fatally gunned down by a trio of robbers. Weeks later, 16-year old Shareef Cousin is implicated in the crime and charged with first-degree murder. Even though Shareef seems to have an airtight alibi, Michael’s date identifies him as the shooter at trial. Shareef is found guilty and becomes one of the youngest people to ever be sentenced to death, but the verdict is surrounded with controversy. It turns out the Orleans Parish District Attorney’s Office committed egregious acts of prosecutorial misconduct, which included withholding exculpatory evidence, doctoring a tape-recorded interview, and illegally detaining defence witnesses. After nearly three years on death row, Shareef’s conviction is overturned, but Michael Gerardi’s real killers are never found. On this week’s episode of “The Trail Went Cold”, we chronicle a senseless murder which led to one of the most outrageous miscarriages of justice you’ll ever find. This episode of "The Trail Went Cold" has been sponsored by GreenChef. To enjoy your own wholesome and high-quality meals from GreenChef, please visit GreenChef.us/cold75 in order to receive a total of $75 off. “The Trail Went Cold” will be appearing on podcast row at CrimeCon 2019 from June 7th-9th at the Hilton Riverside hotel in New Orleans. Listeners can receive a 10% discount on the purchase of a standard badge by using the promo code “COLD19”. “The Trail Went Cold” will also be appearing at True Crime Podcast Festival 2019 on July 13th at the Marriott Downtown in Chicago. Please visit their website for more details. The Trail Went Cold will be appearing at the event, “True Crime Podcasts: Live in Toronto”, being held at the Royal Cinema in Toronto on Sunday, August 18. For more information and to purchase tickets to the event, please visit this website. “The Trail Went Cold” is on Patreon! Visit www.patreon.com/thetrailwentcold to become a patron and gain access to our exclusive bonus content. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Spotify. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
Jun 05, 2019
The Trail Went Cold – Episode 126 – Sherri Holland
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August 16, 1996. Clayton County, Georgia. 34-year old Sherri Holland leaves her vacation home in Flagler Beach, Florida in order to drive back to her residence in Atlanta, but never arrives. Eight days later, Sherri’s abandoned BMW is discovered on the northbound shoulder of Interstate 75 with a nail in one of the tires and her two dogs are soon found in a field a few miles away. An investigation into Sherri’s background uncovers a lot of surprising secrets, as it turns out she operated an escort service and was accused by her business partner of blackmailing her clients, and she was also carrying on a years-long affair with a married man. But did anything related to Sherri’s personal life play a role in her disappearance? We shall explore many different theories in this perplexing missing persons case on this week’s episode of “The Trail Went Cold”. “The Trail Went Cold” will be appearing on podcast row at CrimeCon 2019 from June 7th-9th at the Hilton Riverside hotel in New Orleans. Listeners can receive a 10% discount on the purchase of a standard badge by using the promo code “COLD19”. “The Trail Went Cold” will also be appearing at True Crime Podcast Festival 2019 on July 13th at the Marriott Downtown in Chicago. Please visit their website for more details. The Trail Went Cold will be appearing at the event, “True Crime Podcasts: Live in Toronto”, being held at the Royal Cinema in Toronto on Sunday, August 18. For more information and to purchase tickets to the event, please visit this website. “The Trail Went Cold” is on Patreon! Visit www.patreon.com/thetrailwentcold to become a patron and gain access to our exclusive bonus content. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Spotify. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
May 29, 2019
The Trail Went Cold – Episode 125 – A.J. Breaux
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August 28, 1991. Houma, Louisiana. 50-year old A.J. Breaux leaves an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting at the local Easy Does It Club, but never returns home. Two days later, A.J.’s abandoned car is found in a park across the street from the club and many of his possessions are still inside. That very same day, multiple eyewitnesses report seeing A.J. with three unidentified men in a red compact car, and the case would feature more strange developments, including an anonymous note stating that A.J. committed suicide after falling off the wagon. Did A.J. Breaux become a victim of foul play? If so, who could have been responsible? We explore these questions as we cover a baffling missing persons case on this week’s episode of “The Trail Went Cold”. “The Trail Went Cold” will be appearing on podcast row at CrimeCon 2019 from June 7th-9th at the Hilton Riverside hotel in New Orleans. Listeners can receive a 10% discount on the purchase of a standard badge by using the promo code “COLD19”. “The Trail Went Cold” will also be appearing at True Crime Podcast Festival 2019 on July 13th at the Marriott Downtown in Chicago. Please visit their website for more details. The Trail Went Cold will be appearing at the event, “True Crime Podcasts: Live in Toronto”, being held at the Royal Cinema in Toronto on Sunday, August 18. For more information and to purchase tickets to the event, please visit this website. “The Trail Went Cold” is on Patreon! Visit www.patreon.com/thetrailwentcold to become a patron and gain access to our exclusive bonus content. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Spotify. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
May 22, 2019
The Trail Went Cold – Episode 124 – Ashley Estell
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September 4, 1993. Plano, Texas. While attending a soccer game at Carpenter Park with her family, seven-year old Ashley Estell goes missing after an apparent abduction. The following day, Ashley is found strangled to death next to an isolated dirt road six miles away. The investigation soon leads to a paroled sex offender named Michael Blair, who is subsequently convicted of Ashley’s murder and sentenced to death. However, as the years go by, the case against Blair begins to fall apart and DNA testing eventually exonerates him of the crime. So who was actually responsible for the murder of Ashley Estell? This week’s episode of “The Trail Went Cold” explores a controversial case which led to the passing of some new laws, but failed to bring the right perpetrator to justice. “The Trail Went Cold” will be appearing on podcast row at CrimeCon 2019 from June 7th-9th at the Hilton Riverside hotel in New Orleans. Listeners can receive a 10% discount on the purchase of a standard badge by using the promo code “COLD19”. “The Trail Went Cold” will also be appearing at True Crime Podcast Festival 2019 on July 13th at the Marriott Downtown in Chicago. Please visit their website for more details. The Trail Went Cold will be appearing at the event, “True Crime Podcasts: Live in Toronto”, being held at the Royal Cinema in Toronto on Sunday, August 18. For more information and to purchase tickets to the event, please visit this website. “The Trail Went Cold” is on Patreon! Visit www.patreon.com/thetrailwentcold to become a patron and gain access to our exclusive bonus content. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Spotify. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
May 15, 2019
The Trail Went Cold – Episode 123 – Marie Blee
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November 21, 1979. Craig, Colorado. After spending the evening at a dance, 15-year old Marie Blee heads to a party at a mobile home park, but never returns home. Two days later, Marie’s parents receive an anonymous phone call demanding a $5,000 ransom for her return. The caller is soon revealed to be 18-year old Monty Doolin, who drove Marie to the party, but he denies any involvement in her disappearance. Over the next few decades, investigators would receive contradictory accounts from several eyewitnesses about what might have happened to Marie on the night she went missing. They eventually name three persons of interest, but Marie is never found. This week’s episode of “The Trail Went Cold” chronicles a very frustrating cold case about a missing teenage girl in which the full truth has yet to be uncovered. “The Trail Went Cold” will be appearing on podcast row at CrimeCon 2019 from June 7th-9th at the Hilton Riverside hotel in New Orleans. Listeners can receive a 10% discount on the purchase of a standard badge by using the promo code “COLD19”. “The Trail Went Cold” will also be appearing at True Crime Podcast Festival 2019 on July 13th at the Marriott Downtown in Chicago. Please visit their website for more details. The Trail Went Cold will be appearing at the event, “True Crime Podcasts: Live in Toronto”, being held at the Royal Cinema in Toronto on Sunday, August 18. For more information and to purchase tickets to the event, please visit this website. “The Trail Went Cold” is on Patreon! Visit www.patreon.com/thetrailwentcold to become a patron and gain access to our exclusive bonus content. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Spotify. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
May 08, 2019
The Trail Went Cold – Episode 122 – Linda Sherman
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April 22, 1985. Vinita Park, Missouri. 27-year old wife and mother Linda Sherman does not show up for her shift at work and her abandoned car is soon discovered in an airport parking garage. Since Linda had recently filed for divorce from her controlling husband, Don Sherman, he is suspected of being responsible for her disappearance. Five years later, a skull is discovered outside Don’s favourite restaurant and after it is kept in an evidence room for 14 months, police receive an anonymous note confirming that the skull belongs to Linda. In spite of this, Don maintains his innocence and the rest of Linda’s remains are never found. Did Don Sherman murder his wife, dig up her skull and plant it outside the restaurant? If he wasn’t responsible, who did kill Linda and what was their motive? We shall explore both sides of this truly bizarre unsolved murder case on this week’s episode of “The Trail Went Cold”. “The Trail Went Cold” will be appearing on podcast row at CrimeCon 2019 from June 7th-9th at the Hilton Riverside hotel in New Orleans. Listeners can receive a 10% discount on the purchase of a standard badge by using the promo code “COLD19”. “The Trail Went Cold” will also be appearing at True Crime Podcast Festival 2019 on July 13th at the Marriott Downtown in Chicago. Please visit their website for more details. The Trail Went Cold will be appearing at the event, “True Crime Podcasts: Live in Toronto”, being held at the Royal Cinema in Toronto on Sunday, August 18. For more information and to purchase tickets to the event, please visit this website. “The Trail Went Cold” is on Patreon! Visit www.patreon.com/thetrailwentcold to become a patron and gain access to our exclusive bonus content. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Spotify. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
May 01, 2019
The Trail Went Cold – Episode 121 – Glen & Bessie Hyde
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November 15, 1928. Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona. 29-year old Glen Hyde and his 22- year old wife, Bessie, decide to spend their honeymoon taking a rafting trip through the Grand Canyon down the rapids of the Colorado River and hope to attain a new speed record. Shortly after stopping at the home of a photographer named Emery Kolb, the Hydes vanish without a trace. Their empty boat is eventually discovered on the river nearly 150 miles away with all of the couple’s supplies and possessions onboard, but Glen and Bessie are nowhere to be found. Over the next several decades, there would be a number of surprising twists, including a woman who claimed to be Bessie Hyde and the discovery of an unidentified male skeleton in Emery Kolb’s boathouse. Did Glen and Bessie Hyde drown in the Colorado River, or was something a lot more sinister behind their disappearances? This week’s episode of “The Trail Went Cold” chronicles the Grand Canyon’s most famous mystery, which has remained unsolved for nearly a century. Special thanks to listener Colin Zavitz for providing the opening narration on today’s episode. “The Trail Went Cold” will be appearing on podcast row at CrimeCon 2019 from June 7th-9th at the Hilton Riverside hotel in New Orleans. Listeners can receive a 10% discount on the purchase of a standard badge by using the promo code “COLD19”. “The Trail Went Cold” will also be appearing at True Crime Podcast Festival 2019 on July 13th at the Marriott Downtown in Chicago. Please visit their website for more details. “The Trail Went Cold” is on Patreon! Visit www.patreon.com/thetrailwentcold to become a patron and gain access to our exclusive bonus content. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Spotify. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
Apr 24, 2019
The Trail Went Cold – Episode 120 – Amber Tuccaro & Jolene Cote
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August 18, 2010. Leduc County, Alberta. While staying with her infant son and a friend at a motel, 20-year old Amber Tuccaro decides to hitchhike to Edmonton. She never returns and is subsequently reported missing. Two years later, police release audio of a recording from Amber’s cell phone in which she can be heard conversing with a male driver on the night of her disappearance. Amber expresses fear that this man is taking her to a remote area and it seems likely she was murdered shortly after the call ended. Within days, Amber’s skeletal remains are discovered in a farmer’s field, but the voice of the male driver is never positively identified. October 12, 2011. Parkland County, Alberta. After spending the night playing in a soccer tournament, 36-year old wife and mother Jolene Cote stops to make some purchases at Wal-Mart before heading home. The following morning, Jolene’s husband wakes up and discovers her body on the grass outside their rural home, and it becomes apparent that she was attacked shortly after pulling into the driveway. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police remains very secretive about many aspects of this investigation, but express their belief that Jolene was not a randomly targeted victim. Listen to "The Secret Room" podcast, hosted by Ben Hamm. Special thanks to Ben for providing the opening narration on today's episode, which covers two unsolved cold cases from Alberta. “The Trail Went Cold” will be appearing on podcast row at CrimeCon 2019 from June 7th-9th at the Hilton Riverside hotel in New Orleans. Listeners can receive a 10% discount on the purchase of a standard badge by using the promo code “COLD19”. “The Trail Went Cold” will also be appearing at True Crime Podcast Festival 2019 on July 13th at the Marriott Downtown in Chicago. Please visit their website for more details. “The Trail Went Cold” is on Patreon! Visit www.patreon.com/thetrailwentcold to become a patron and gain access to our exclusive bonus content. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Spotify. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
Apr 17, 2019
The Trail Went Cold – Episode 119 – Lindsay Baum
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June 26, 2009. McCleary, Washington. After stopping by a friend’s house, 10-year old Lindsey Baum leaves to walk home. Even though her trip should have only taken ten minutes, Lindsey never arrives and is soon reported missing, but a massive search effort fails to turn up any trace of her. Eight years later, skeletal remains are discovered in a remote area 150 miles away and DNA testing eventually matches them to Lindsey. While the investigation turns up a couple of persons of interest, including two local residents who provided false information about their alibis on the night Lindsey went missing, no one has ever been charged with her murder. On this week’s episode of “The Trail Went Cold”, we chronicle one of the most heavily discussed unsolved missing children’s cases of the past decade. “The Trail Went Cold” will be appearing on podcast row at CrimeCon 2019 from June 7th-9th at the Hilton Riverside hotel in New Orleans. Listeners can receive a 10% discount on the purchase of a standard badge by using the promo code “COLD19”. “The Trail Went Cold” will also be appearing at True Crime Podcast Festival 2019 on July 13th at the Marriott Downtown in Chicago. Please visit their website for more details. “The Trail Went Cold” is on Patreon! Visit www.patreon.com/thetrailwentcold to become a patron and gain access to our exclusive bonus content. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Spotify. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
Apr 10, 2019
The Trail Went Cold – Episode 118 – Tom Roche
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September 13, 1991. Burbank, California. 37-year old Tom Roche makes plans to meet his spouse, Barbara Rondeau, for lunch, but never shows up. When Barbara returns to their apartment, she discovers that the front door is unlocked and Tom is missing. Six days later, Barbara receives an envelope containing some of Tom’s personal items, along with an anonymous confession letter to his murder. While there is some speculation that Tom could have staged his own disappearance, some of his skeletal remains and personal possessions are eventually discovered in a remote area 500 miles away. Tom’s cause of death is determined to be a gunshot wound, but the circumstances of how he wound up dead remain unclear. Was Tom Roche abducted and murdered? Was the anonymous confession letter actually written by his killer? We will explore a number of these unanswered questions as we cover a very baffling case on this week’s episode of “The Trail Went Cold”. “The Trail Went Cold” will be appearing on podcast row at CrimeCon 2019 from June 7th-9th at the Hilton Riverside hotel in New Orleans. Listeners can receive a 10% discount on the purchase of a standard badge by using the promo code “COLD19”. “The Trail Went Cold” will also be appearing at True Crime Podcast Festival 2019 on July 13th at the Marriott Downtown in Chicago. Please visit their website for more details. “The Trail Went Cold” is on Patreon! Visit www.patreon.com/thetrailwentcold to become a patron and gain access to our exclusive bonus content. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Spotify. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
Apr 03, 2019
The Trail Went Cold – Episode 117 – Ricky Hochstetler
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January 10, 1999. Manitowoc County, Wisconsin. While walking home from a friend’s house during the early morning hours, 17-year old Ricky Hochstetler is fatally struck by a vehicle on the shoulder of a county highway in a hit-and-run. The Manitowoc County Sheriff’s Department soon announce that parts from a Chevrolet truck or van were found at the scene, but an extensive investigation fails to turn up the vehicle which hit Ricky. As the years go on, the sheriff’s department start facing allegations that they mishandled crucial evidence and orchestrated a cover-up, and rumours spread that an off-duty police officer may have been responsible for Ricky’s death. On this week’s episode of “The Trail Went Cold”, we explore another controversial case which took place in Manitowoc County six years before Steven Avery was arrested for the murder of Teresa Halbach and involves many of the same law enforcement figures featured in “Making a Murderer”. Special thanks to listener Stephanie Rouleau for providing the opening narration on today’s episode. “The Trail Went Cold” will be appearing on podcast row at CrimeCon 2019 from June 7th-9th at the Hilton Riverside hotel in New Orleans. Listeners can receive a 10% discount on the purchase of a standard badge by using the promo code “COLD19”. “The Trail Went Cold” will also be appearing at True Crime Podcast Festival 2019 on July 13th at the Marriott Downtown in Chicago. Please visit their website for more details. “The Trail Went Cold” is on Patreon! Visit www.patreon.com/thetrailwentcold to become a patron and gain access to our exclusive bonus content. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Spotify. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
Mar 27, 2019
The Trail Went Cold – Episode 116 – The Sarah Joe
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February 11, 1979. Hana, Hawaii. Five men – 27-year old Scott Moorman, 31-year old Peter Hanchett, 38-year old Benjamin Kalama, 26-year old Patrick Woesner and 27-year old Ralph Malaiakini - leave the island of Maui on a fishing trip in a boat named the “Sarah Joe”. When a violent storm hits the area, the Sarah Joe and its crew do not return and an extensive search effort fails to find them. Nine-and-a-half years later, the Sarah Joe is discovered over 2,300 miles away on a remote atoll in the Marshall Islands, along with a marked grave containing the skeletal remains of Scott Moorman. However, no trace of the other four missing men is ever found. How did the Sarah Joe wind up so far away? Were any of the crew members still alive when it arrived? If not, who was responsible for burying Scott Moorman? On this week’s episode of “The Trail Went Cold”, we examine one of the most bizarre and unique mysteries involving the disappearance of a boat. This episode of “The Trail Went Cold” is brought to you by “Murder Book”, a new true crime podcast hosted by bestselling author Michael Connelly, available on Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen. “The Trail Went Cold” will be appearing on podcast row at CrimeCon 2019 from June 7th-9th at the Hilton Riverside hotel in New Orleans. Listeners can receive a 10% discount on the purchase of a standard badge by using the promo code “COLD19”. “The Trail Went Cold” will also be appearing at True Crime Podcast Festival 2019 on July 13th at the Marriott Downtown in Chicago. Please visit their website for more details. “The Trail Went Cold” is on Patreon! Visit www.patreon.com/thetrailwentcold to become a patron and gain access to our exclusive bonus content. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Spotify. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
Mar 20, 2019
The Trail Went Cold – Episode 115 – Joey Lynn Offutt
July 12, 2007. Sykesville, Pennsylvania. The fire department shows up at the burning home of 33-year old Joey Lynn Offutt. The body of her six-week old infant son, Alexis Alfred Borden III, is in the bathtub, but Joey herself is nowhere to be found. Three days later, Joey’s abandoned car is discovered over 60 miles away at an apartment complex in State College where she had previously lived. It turns out that no one can actually confirm having seen Joey or her son in the week prior to the fire. Could Joey have been responsible for her child’s death before she went on the run? Or were they both murdered by an unknown perpetrator who disposed of Joey’s body? We shall explore all the different angles of a truly perplexing missing persons case on this week’s episode of “The Trail Went Cold”. “The Trail Went Cold” will be appearing on podcast row at CrimeCon 2019 from June 7th-9th at the Hilton Riverside hotel in New Orleans. Listeners can receive a 10% discount on the purchase of a standard badge by using the promo code “COLD19”. “The Trail Went Cold” will also be appearing at True Crime Podcast Festival 2019 on July 13th at the Marriott Downtown in Chicago. Please visit their website for more details. “The Trail Went Cold” is on Patreon! Visit www.patreon.com/thetrailwentcold to become a patron and gain access to our exclusive bonus content. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Spotify. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
Mar 13, 2019
The Trail Went Cold – Episode 114 – Henry Baltimore Jr. and Oliver Munson
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May 30, 1973. East Lansing, Michigan. The sister of 21-year old university student Henry Baltimore Jr. goes to meet him at his apartment, but discovers he is not there and eventually reports him missing. Nearly three months earlier, a pair of attackers had broken into Henry’s apartment to assault and rob him and police arrested a suspect named Roy Davis. After Henry testified against Davis at his preliminary hearing, Davis allegedly threatened him and Henry would go missing two days before Davis’ arraignment. February 13, 1984. Catonsville, Maryland. 39-year old teacher Oliver Munson leaves his home to drive to school, but never arrives. Oliver’s abandoned car is soon discovered a few blocks away and two weeks later, a stolen vehicle is found containing evidence which suggests that Oliver was murdered. One year earlier, Oliver had unknowingly purchased a stolen car from a career criminal named Dennis Watson. After Watson was arrested, Oliver was called upon to testify as a witness against him and his disappearance took place only three days before Watson’s trial. This week, we will be presenting a special double feature episode of “The Trail Went Cold” about two unsolved missing persons cases where the victim vanished shortly before they were scheduled to testify in a criminal case. Special thanks to listener Ryan Eichenfeldt for providing the opening narration on today’s episode. This episode of “The Trail Went Cold” is brought to you by “Murder Book”, a new true crime podcast hosted by bestselling author Michael Connelly, available on Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen. “The Trail Went Cold” will be appearing on podcast row at CrimeCon 2019 from June 7th-9th at the Hilton Riverside hotel in New Orleans. Listeners can receive a 10% discount on the purchase of a standard badge by using the promo code “COLD19”. "The Trail Went Cold" will also be appearing at True Crime Podcast Festival 2019 on July 13th at the Marriott Downtown in Chicago. Please visit their website for more details. “The Trail Went Cold” is on Patreon! Visit www.patreon.com/thetrailwentcold to become a patron and gain access to our exclusive bonus content. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Spotify. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
Mar 06, 2019
The Trail Went Cold – Episode 113 – The Cowden Family Murders
39:52
September 1, 1974. Jackson County, Oregon. 28-year old Richard Cowden, his 22-year old wife Belinda Cowden, and their two children, five-year old David and five-month old Melissa, are in the midst of a camping trip when they inexplicably vanish from their campsite near Carberry Creek, leaving all their possessions behind. Seven months later, the entire family’s remains are found at a remote location seven miles away and it turns out they were the victims of foul play. Investigators discover that a recently paroled murderer named Dwain Lee Little was living in the area at that time and even though there is not enough evidence to implicate him, he eventually goes back to prison for another violent crime. Was Dwain Lee Little responsible for the Cowden family murders? We explore that question on this week’s episode of “The Trail Went Cold”, which features one of the most disturbing unsolved crimes we have ever covered. “The Trail Went Cold” is on Patreon! Visit www.patreon.com/thetrailwentcold to become a patron and gain access to our exclusive bonus content. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Spotify. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
Feb 27, 2019
The Trail Went Cold – Episode 112 – The Springfield Three
1:12:23
June 7, 1992. Springfield, Missouri. After an evening of partying following their high school graduation, 19-year old Suzie Streeter and her 18-year old friend, Stacy McCall, decide to spend the night at Suzie’s house alongside Suzie’s 47-year old mother, Sherrill Levitt. They are last seen shortly after 2:00 AM, but later that day, Suzie, Stacy, and Sherrill, a.k.a. “The Springfield Three”, are all discovered to be missing from the house. The scene contains some bizarre clues, including a broken globe from the porch light and an odd answering machine message which is inadvertently erased, but no evidence of forced entry or a struggle. Over the years, there would be a number of leads, such as a convicted criminal who claimed to know what happened to the victims and a tip that their bodies were buried underneath the parking garage of a local hospital, but no trace of the Springfield Three is ever found. For our special three-year anniversary show of “The Trail Went Cold”, we will be chronicling one of the famous and puzzling missing persons cases of all time, which was voted on by our listeners. Special thanks to listener Anna Long for narrating the opening of this episode. “The Trail Went Cold” is on Patreon! Visit www.patreon.com/thetrailwentcold to become a patron and gain access to our exclusive bonus content. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Spotify. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
Feb 20, 2019
The Trail Went Cold – Episode 111 – Tracey Kirkpatrick
44:57
March 15, 1989. Frederick, Maryland. 17-year old Tracey Kirkpatrick spends the evening working alone at a shopping center clothing store. Nearly two hours after the store was supposed to have been closed, a security guard discovers Tracey’s body in the rear storage room and she has been stabbed seven times. Three months later, a man calling himself “Don” phones a national confession hotline and claims that he is responsible for Tracey’s murder. Police manage to track down a promising suspect, but find no evidence that he was involved in the crime. However, as the years go on, rumours start to circulate about another suspect being the perpetrator. Was the confession to Tracey Kirkpatrick’s murder genuine or nothing more than a hoax? Was a cover-up orchestrated to protect the real killer? On this week’s episode of “The Trail Went Cold” we cover a controversial 30-year old cold case which some people believe should have been solved a long time ago. We would like to thank Postmates for sponsoring this episode of The Trail Went Cold. For a limited time, Postmates is giving you $100 of free delivery credit for your first 7 days. To start your free deliveries, download the Postmates app, and use the promo code “COLD”. “The Trail Went Cold” is on Patreon! Visit www.patreon.com/thetrailwentcold to become a patron and gain access to our exclusive bonus content. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Spotify. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
Feb 13, 2019
The Trail Went Cold – Episode 110 – The Mary Morris Murders
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October 12, 2000. Houston, Texas. After leaving her home, 48-year old Mary Henderson Morris does not show up for work and her body is discovered inside her burned-out car on a remote road later that afternoon. Four days later, another Houston woman, 39-year old Mary McGinnis Morris, is discovered shot to death inside her car under eerily similar circumstances, but other than their name, there doesn’t appear to be any link between the two victims. However, the investigation uncovers potential suspects in Mary McGinnis Morris’ murder, including her husband and a hostile co-worker, which leads to speculation that Mary Henderson Morris’ murder may have been a botched contract hit in which the wrong person was killed. Was Mary McGinnis Morris the intended target all along? If not, then how are these two crimes connected? On this week’s episode of “The Trail Went Cold”, we chronicle “The Mary Morris Murders”, the bizarre story of two women with the same name from the same city who happened to be murdered within days of each other. This episode of “The Trail Went Cold” is brought to you by “Murder Book”, a new true crime podcast hosted by bestselling author Michael Connelly, available on Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen. “The Trail Went Cold” is on Patreon! Visit www.patreon.com/thetrailwentcold to become a patron and gain access to our exclusive bonus content. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Spotify. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
Feb 06, 2019
The Trail Went Cold – Episode 109 – Connie Smith
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July 16, 1952. Salisbury, Connecticut. While spending the summer at Camp Sloane, ten-year old Connie Smith skips breakfast and leaves the campground. Numerous witnesses see Connie walking down the road and attempting to hitchhike, but before she reaches the nearest town, she vanishes without a trace. Since Connie’s grandfather is the former Governor of Wyoming, there is a massive search effort and her case receives extensive publicity. Over the years, there are a number of unusual leads, including an anonymous letter stating that Connie might be an unidentified murder victim named “Little Miss X”, whose skeletal remains were found in Arizona in 1958. Did Connie Smith become an unidentified Jane Doe? If not, what actually happened to her? And what compelled her to walk away from Camp Sloane to begin with? We explore one of America’s most baffling unsolved missing children’s cases on this week’s episode of “The Trail Went Cold”. This episode of “The Trail Went Cold” is brought to you by “Murder Book”, a new true crime podcast hosted by bestselling author Michael Connelly, available on Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen. “The Trail Went Cold” is on Patreon! Visit www.patreon.com/thetrailwentcold to become a patron and gain access to our exclusive bonus content. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Spotify. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
Jan 30, 2019
The Trail Went Cold – Episode 108 – Lester Garnier
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July 11, 1988. Walnut Creek, California. Lester Garnier, a 30-year old vice officer with the San Francisco Police Department, is found shot to death inside his car in a shopping center parking lot. Eyewitnesses recall seeing at least two unidentified blonde women in the parking lot the previous night and speculation mounts that Lester’s murder might be connected to his involvement in the recent high-profile bust of a teenage prostitution ring. Twenty years later, authorities announce that a partial fingerprint from the crime scene has been matched to Catherine Kuntz, a Scottish national with an extensive criminal history, but there is not enough evidence to file charges. Was Kuntz responsible for Lester Garnier’s murder? If so, what was her motive? Were other people involved in this crime? What was Lester doing in that parking lot to begin with? This week’s episode of “The Trail Went Cold” explores a baffling unsolved murder of a police officer which has a number of unanswered questions. “The Trail Went Cold” is on Patreon! Visit www.patreon.com/thetrailwentcold to become a patron and gain access to our exclusive bonus content. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Spotify. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
Jan 23, 2019
The Trail Went Cold – Episode 107 – Jessica Baggen
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May 4, 1996. Sitka, Alaska. While walking home from her sister’s place after celebrating her 17th birthday, Jessica Baggen is attacked on a bicycle path. Her body is soon found in a wooded area, where she has been sexually assaulted and asphyxiated to death. Eleven days later, a suspect named Richard Bingham turns himself in to the police and after making a videotaped confession, he is charged with Jessica’s murder. However, none of the physical evidence matches Bingham and it becomes apparent that his confession was coerced by investigators, so when he goes on trial the following year, Bingham is found “not guilty”. Did the jury make the right decision by acquitting Bingham? And if he didn’t kill Jessica Baggen, then who did? On this week’s episode of “The Trail Went Cold”, we explore a controversial murder case which has been without closure for two decades. “The Trail Went Cold” is on Patreon! Visit www.patreon.com/thetrailwentcold to become a patron and gain access to our exclusive bonus content. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Spotify. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
Jan 16, 2019
The Trail Went Cold – Episode 106 – Karen Denise Wells
45:51
April 12, 1994. Carlisle, Pennsylvania. 23-year old Karen Denise Wells has left on a cross-county road trip from her hometown in Oklahoma in order to visit her friend, Melissa Shepard, in New Jersey. After checking into a motel, Denise phones Melissa and asks her to come meet her there, but when Melissa arrives, Denise has vanished. Later that morning, Denise’s abandoned rental car is discovered 35 miles away on a remote road. The gas tank is empty and it turns out there are 700 miles on the vehicle’s odometer which cannot be accounted for. Investigators eventually start noticing discrepancies in Melissa’s story, leading them to believe she is withholding information about Denise’s disappearance. What actually happened to Karen Denise Wells? Why did her vehicle wind up in such a remote area? Where did those additional 700 miles on her odometer come from? This week’s episode of “The Trail Went Cold” chronicles one of the more baffling missing persons cases we’ve ever covered. “The Trail Went Cold” is on Patreon! Visit www.patreon.com/thetrailwentcold to become a patron and gain access to our exclusive bonus content. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Spotify. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
Jan 09, 2019
The Trail Went Cold – Episode 105 – Judith Hyams
September 14, 1965. Coral Gables, Florida. After leaving work, 22-year old Judith Hyams vanishes without a trace and her rental car is found abandoned in Atlanta. It turns out that Judith had become pregnant and was seeking an illegal abortion from a shady doctor, but after he is arrested, he jumps bail and disappears. 24 years later, the case is suddenly re-opened after a police captain receives a series of bizarre anonymous phone calls stating that Judith is still alive. Even after investigators receive an anonymous letter which reveals what happened to Judith, she is never found and there are a number of unanswered questions. For our first episode of 2019, “The Trail Went Cold” tackles a very odd cold case which was revived in the most unlikely fashion. We would like to thank Postmates for sponsoring this episode of The Trail Went Cold. For a limited time, Postmates is giving you $100 of free delivery credit for your first 7 days. To start your free deliveries, download the Postmates app, and use the promo code “COLD”. “The Trail Went Cold” is on Patreon! Visit www.patreon.com/thetrailwentcold to become a patron and gain access to our exclusive bonus content. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Spotify. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
Jan 02, 2019
The Trail Went Cold – Episode 104 – Q&A
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Listeners of “The Trail Went Cold” have always had a number of questions about the podcast and its host, Robin Warder. What unsolved cold case have you covered which you’d most like an answer to? What is the biggest challenge of producing a weekly podcast? Have you ever been contacted by any of the people involved in the cases you have covered? Are there are any cold cases you would not cover? What is your favourite thing about being a podcaster? These questions and many others will be answered as we close out 2018 with our very first Q&A episode of “The Trail Went Cold”. This episode of The Trail Went Cold is brought to you by Care/Of, a monthly subscription vitamin service that delivers completely personalized vitamin and supplement packs right to your door. For 25% off your first month of personalized Care/Of vitamins, visit takecareof.com and enter the promo code “cold.” “The Trail Went Cold” is on Patreon! Visit www.patreon.com/thetrailwentcold to become a patron and gain access to our exclusive bonus content. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Spotify. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
Dec 26, 2018
The Trail Went Cold – Episode 103 – The Great Mull Air Mystery
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Christmas Eve 1975. The Isle of Mull, Scotland. 54-year old Peter Gibbs, a former Royal Air Force pilot and World War II veteran, has dinner with his girlfriend at the Glenforsa Hotel, but decides to go for an evening flight. After taking off from an adjacent airfield in a Cessna, Gibbs never returns. Four months later, Gibbs’ body is discovered on a hill one mile away from the hotel and his cause of death is determined to be exposure, but the missing aircraft is never found. An enquiry concludes that Gibbs likely crashed the Cessna into the water, swam to shore, and subsequently died on the hill, but there are a number of discrepancies to suggest this scenario would have been impossible. How did Gibbs’ body remain undiscovered on the hill for four months? If he crashed his aircraft, how did he avoid sustaining any serious injuries? What prompted Gibbs to take such a dangerous nighttime flight to begin with? For our final holiday-themed episode of “The Trail Went Cold”, we explore a baffling unexplained death known as “The Great Mull Air Mystery”. Special thanks to listener Alexandra Wasylycia for providing the opening narration for this episode. “The Trail Went Cold” is on Patreon! Visit www.patreon.com/thetrailwentcold to become a patron and gain access to our exclusive bonus content. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Spotify. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
Dec 19, 2018
The Trail Went Cold – Episode 102 – Patty Vaughan
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Christmas Day 1996. La Vernia, Texas. Patty Vaughan, a 32-year old mother of three, vanishes without a trace and her van is found abandoned by the side of the road the following day. According to her estranged husband, J.R. Vaughan, Patty had stormed out of their house following a heated argument. Traces of Patty’s blood are found inside the house and her van and seem to indicate she was a victim of foul play. At the time, Patty was in the midst of a trial separation from her husband and recently started a relationship with another man. J.R. becomes the primary person of interest by filing for divorce the day after Patty went missing, but investigators lack enough evidence to file charges. This week’s holiday-themed episode of “The Trail Went Cold” covers a Christmas Day spousal disappearance which has yet to be solved. “The Trail Went Cold” is on Patreon! Visit www.patreon.com/thetrailwentcold to become a patron and gain access to our exclusive bonus content. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Spotify. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
Dec 12, 2018
The Trail Went Cold – Episode 101 – Debbie Wolfe
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December 26, 1985. Fayetteville, North Carolina. 28-year old nurse Debbie Wolfe leaves at the end of her shift at the Veterans Administration Medical Center, but does not show up for work the following morning. When Debbie’s mother checks her cabin, she discovers that Debbie is missing. Six days later, one of Debbie’s friends finds her at the bottom of a nearby pond, but even though he claims her body was inside a barrel, the local sheriff’s department rule that Debbie drowned accidentally and that the barrel never existed. However, Debbie’s loved ones uncover a lot of odd discrepancies to suggest she was a victim of foul play and point the finger at two potential suspects. This week’s episode of “The Trail Went Cold” chronicles a bizarre unexplained death surrounded with controversy which has never been solved. “The Trail Went Cold” is on Patreon! Visit www.patreon.com/thetrailwentcold to become a patron and gain access to our exclusive bonus content. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Spotify. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
Dec 05, 2018
The Trail Went Cold – Episode 100 – Trenny Gibson
October 8, 1976. Knoxville, Tennessee. 16-year old Trenny Gibson leaves on a high school field trip to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park alongside nearly 40 classmates. The students spend the day hiking through the park, but after Trenny is last seen turning off the trail at around 3:00 PM, she vanishes without explanation. During a search of the park, dogs would track Trenny’s scent to a spot next to the roadside, creating speculation that she was abducted. Did Trenny simply wander off and die of exposure, or was she a victim of foul play? And if she was harmed, could other students have been involved? On this week’s episode of “The Trail Went Cold”, we chronicle one of the most mysterious unsolved disappearances of the Smoky Mountains. Special thanks to listener Laura for requesting this case. Be sure to visit her blog about Trenny Gibson at https://www.canadiangurl77.com. “The Trail Went Cold” is on Patreon! Visit www.patreon.com/thetrailwentcold to become a patron and gain access to our exclusive bonus content. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Spotify. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
Nov 28, 2018
The Trail Went Cold – Episode 99 – Mona Blades
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May 31, 1975. Hamilton, New Zealand. 18-year old Mona Blades leaves to hitchhike hundreds of kilometres in order to attend her nephew’s birthday in Hastings, but never arrives. After Mona is reported missing, witnesses would recall seeing her inside an orange Datsun station wagon with an unidentified man. Over the years, investigators examine a number of different suspects, including a man who committed suicide only weeks after Mona went missing, a former traffic officer, and a biker gang. Who was actually responsible for Mona Blades’ disappearance? This week’s episode of “The Trail Went Cold” covers our first unsolved mystery from New Zealand, which happens to be one of the country’s most famous missing persons cases. Special thanks to listener Loquin Britton for providing the opening narration for this episode. “The Trail Went Cold” is on Patreon! Visit www.patreon.com/thetrailwentcold to become a patron and gain access to our exclusive bonus content. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Spotify. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
Nov 21, 2018
The Trail Went Cold – Episode 98 – Kanika Powell & Sean Nicholas Green
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August 28, 2008. Laurel, Maryland. While returning to her apartment after running errands, 28-year old Army veteran and government employee Kanika Powell is shot to death inside the building’s hallway. In the preceding days, Kanika claimed that separate men impersonating an FBI agent and a deliveryman had knocked on her apartment door, but she refused to let them inside. Two-and-half-months later, Sean Nicholas Green, a 31-year old government employee living in Oxon Hill 30 miles away, is shot to death by a masked gunman while parked in traffic. Could the two crimes be connected? Were Kanika and Sean both murdered because they happened to work government jobs requiring top secret clearance? This week’s episode of “The Trail Went Cold” examines a pair of baffling, seemingly motiveless unsolved murders which have left investigators stumped for the past decade. “The Trail Went Cold” is on Patreon! Visit www.patreon.com/thetrailwentcold to become a patron and gain access to our exclusive bonus content. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Spotify. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
Nov 14, 2018
The Trail Went Cold – Episode 97 – Jeremy Bright
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August 14, 1986. Myrtle Point, Oregon. 14-year old Jeremy Bright attends a county fair with his younger sister, but after promising to meet her at a scheduled time, he does not show up and is never heard from again. After Jeremy is reported missing, it isn’t long before rumours start circulating throughout the community and many of them involve a group of local troublemakers causing Jeremy’s death and disposing of his body. Two years later, one of these alleged suspects would go to prison for an unrelated murder, but it still fails to turn up any answers about Jeremy’s disappearance. On this week’s episode of “The Trail Went Cold”, we cover a frustrating missing persons case which has gone unsolved for three decades, even though there are people out there who might still know the truth about what happened. “The Trail Went Cold” is on Patreon! Visit www.patreon.com/thetrailwentcold to become a patron and gain access to our exclusive bonus content. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Spotify. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
Nov 07, 2018
The Trail Went Cold – Episode 96 – The Keddie Cabin Murders
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April 12, 1981. Keddie, California. 36-year old Sue Sharp, her 15-year old son John Sharp, and John’s 17-year old friend, Dana Wingate, are found brutally murdered inside Cabin 28 at the Keddie Resort. Sue’s 12-year old daughter, Tina Sharp, is missing and her skeletal remains would be discovered in a remote area three years later. Sue’s two youngest sons, along with a 12-year old family friend named Justin Smartt spent the night in a separate bedroom and were left unharmed. Over the years, the investigation would uncover two promising suspects who happened to live in another cabin at the resort. Were these two men responsible for the Keddie Cabin Murders? Was there was a cover-up by law enforcement which allowed them to escape justice? Did Justin Smartt witness the murders and block the event from his memory? Were other suspects involved in the crime? For our special Halloween episode of “The Trail Went Cold”, we will be examining an infamous case which was voted on by our listeners. Special thanks to listeners Kelly Campbell, Stuart Davis, William McCormick and Stephanie Kurtz for narrating sections of today’s episode. “The Trail Went Cold” is on Patreon! Visit www.patreon.com/thetrailwentcold to become a patron and gain access to our exclusive bonus content. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Spotify. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
Oct 31, 2018
The Trail Went Cold – Bonus Episode – Introducing Blackwood
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Five years ago, Molly Weaver, Bryan Anderson, and Nathan Howell started a podcast focused on the local legend of a monster called The Blackwood Bugman. Quickly, the investigation grows out of their control, as they discover that, not only are the legends seemingly true, many people in Blackwood have turned up dead or disappeared without a trace. Worse, there may be a reason why no one has ever uncovered the truth before. Someone is watching them, willing to do whatever it takes to keep the secret. Their recordings have finally been released. In this bonus episode, Robin introduces Blackwood and offers up a preview of the show. Click here to subscribe to Blackwood.
Oct 25, 2018
The Trail Went Cold – Episode 95 – Chris Jenkins
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October 31, 2002. Minneapolis, Minnesota. 21-year old university student Chris Jenkins celebrates Halloween by going to a local bar with friends. After he is ejected from the establishment, Chris vanishes without a trace and his body is found in the Mississippi River four months later. While police initially believe that Chris’ death was an accidental drowning, his family uncovers disturbing discrepancies to suggest his body was not in the river the entire time he was missing and that he was a victim of foul play. After four years, the Minneapolis police chief reopens the investigation, reclassifies Chris’ death as a homicide, and issues an apology to the Jenkins family. What actually happened to Chris Jenkins after he left the bar? Could his death somehow be connected to the infamous “Smiley face murder theory”? This week’s episode of “The Trail Went Cold” examines a truly baffling Halloween night mystery. “The Trail Went Cold” is on Patreon! Visit www.patreon.com/thetrailwentcold to become a patron and gain access to our exclusive bonus content. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Spotify. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
Oct 24, 2018
The Trail Went Cold – Episode 94 – Evelyn Hartley
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October 24, 1953. La Crosse, Wisconsin. The father of 15-year old Evelyn Hartley attempts to phone her while she is babysitting an infant child, but there is no answer at the house. After travelling there to check on her, he discovers that Evelyn has disappeared and the evidence suggests she was the victim of a violent abduction by an intruder. Days later, pieces of blood-stained clothing are found outside of town which are believed to belong to Evelyn and her abductor. Over the next several decades, there would be a number of developments, including a possible connection to notorious murderer Ed Gein and the discovery of a tape-recorded confession implicating multiple suspects in the crime, but Evelyn is never found. On this week’s episode of “The Trail Went Cold”, we examine what is considered to be one of the most terrifying unsolved missing persons cases of all time. For more information on the Evelyn Hartley case, please visit this blog: http://crimeblogger1983.blogspot.com/2017/10/the-kidnapping-and-murder-of-evelyn.html “The Trail Went Cold” is on Patreon! Visit www.patreon.com/thetrailwentcold to become a patron and gain access to our exclusive bonus content. We would like to thank Shudder for supporting The Trail Went Cold. Try Shudder free for 30 days by visiting www.shudder.com/podcast and using the promo code “cold”. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Spotify. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
Oct 17, 2018
The Trail Went Cold – Episode 93- Orange Socks & The Walker County Jane Doe
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October 31, 1979. Williamson County, Texas. The nude body of a young woman is discovered in a concrete culvert next to Interstate 35. She has been strangled to death and is only clad in a pair of orange socks, but since she cannot be identified, “Orange Socks” becomes her nickname. Notorious serial killer Henry Lee Lucas eventually confesses to her murder and is sentenced to death, but there is strong evidence to suggest he was not actually responsible. November 1, 1980. Walker County, Texas. The nude body of another young woman is discovered next to Interstate 45. She has also been strangled to death and sexually assaulted with a blunt instrument. Witnesses would recognize the victim and recall speaking with her the previous night as she asked for directions to the Ellis Prison Unit. In spite of some promising clues, investigators are unable to uncover the victim’s identity, so she simply becomes known as the “Walker County Jane Doe”. Could the same perpetrator have been responsible for both these crimes? On this week’s episode of "The Trail Went Cold", we examine two unsolved cold cases about young women who were murdered in Texas one year apart, but have never been identified. Please check out the Doe Network profile pages for “Orange Socks” and the “Walker County Jane Doe”, which contain facial reconstructions for both victims, their vital statistics, and contact information for the proper authorities should you happen to know who they are… Orange Socks: http://www.doenetwork.org/cases/33uftx.html Walker County Jane Doe: http://www.doenetwork.org/cases/91uftx.html “The Trail Went Cold” is on Patreon! Visit www.patreon.com/thetrailwentcold to become a patron and gain access to our exclusive bonus content. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Spotify. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
Oct 10, 2018
The Trail Went Cold – Bonus Episode – Introducing Legal Wars
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The courtroom can be a battlefield over money, people’s rights, and even their lives. For some cases, the consequences can affect us long after the verdict is read. Based on extensive interviews and court transcripts, Wondery’s new podcast LEGAL WARS puts you inside the jury box of some of the most famous court cases in American history, including Hulk Hogan’s courtroom wrestling match with Gawker, the battle for free speech on the internet, and the Rodney King trial that set off the LA Riots. Host Hill Harper, actor and Harvard Law School graduate, brings you the drama, the larger-than-life characters, and the real-world impact these cases had on our society. In this bonus episode, Robin introduces Legal Wars and offers up a preview of the show. To subscribe to Legal Wars on Apple Podcasts, click here.
Oct 09, 2018
The Trail Went Cold – Episode 92 – Cindy Song
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November 1, 2001. State College, Pennsylvania. After spending Halloween night partying at a club with friends, 21-year old Penn State student Cindy Song is dropped off at her apartment complex at 4:00 AM. She is never heard from again, but some of her personal items and a piece of her Halloween costume are found inside her apartment. Years later, an informant tells police that Cindy was abducted and murdered by pair of suspects named Hugo Selenski and Michael Kerkowski. A search of Selenski’s property uncovers the remains of several murder victims, including Michael Kerkowski, but no trace of Cindy is found. Was Hugo Selenski actually responsible for Cindy Song’s disappearance, or was it another suspect who has yet to show up on the radar? We shall explore an unsolved missing persons case in this month’s first Halloween-themed episode of “The Trail Went Cold”. “The Trail Went Cold” is on Patreon! Visit www.patreon.com/thetrailwentcold to become a patron and gain access to our exclusive bonus content. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Spotify. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
Oct 03, 2018
The Trail Went Cold – Episode 91 – Amanda Tusing & Dana Stidham
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June 14, 2000. Jonesboro, Arkansas. 20-year old Amanda Tusing leaves her fiancee’s apartment to drive home to her parents’ house, but never arrives. Her abandoned car is soon discovered by the side of the highway, but there is no sign of Amanda. Days later, her body is found in a waterlogged ditch over 12 miles away, but there are no signs of sexual assault and the exact cause of death cannot be determined. The identity of Amanda’s killer, as well as the motive for the crime, remain unknown. July 25, 1989. Bella Vista, Arkansas. After driving away from a grocery store, 17-year old Dana Stidham fails to return to her parents’ house and her abandoned vehicle is found next to the highway the following morning. Less than two months later, Dana’s skeletal remains are discovered in a shallow grave in a remote wooded area. The investigation focuses on a high school classmate of Dana’s who was infatuated with her and displayed suspicious behaviour after her death, but there is not enough evidence to implicate him. On this week’s episode of “The Trail Went Cold”, we examine two unsolved murders involving young women from Arkansas whose vehicles were found abandoned by the side of the highway. Could these crimes possibly be connected? Special thanks to listener Jamie Winn for providing the opening narration for this episode. “The Trail Went Cold” is on Patreon! Visit www.patreon.com/thetrailwentcold to become a patron and gain access to our exclusive bonus content. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Spotify. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
Sep 26, 2018
The Trail Went Cold – Episode 90 – Marlena Childress
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April 16, 1987. Union City, Tennessee. Four-year old Marlena Childress vanishes from her front yard after her mother, Pamela Bailey, claims she saw a red car driving away from their house. Two months later, Pam confesses that she accidentally killed Marlena and tossed her body into the Obion River. Pam soon recants her confession and claims it was coerced and since Marlena’s body cannot be found and there is no other evidence to implicate Pam, she is not indicted for her daughter’s death. Over the next several years, there would be a number of twists and turns, including some seemingly credible eyewitness sightings to suggest Marlena is still alive, and Pam would also face legal trouble for another violent crime involving her children. Was Pam responsible for her daughter’s disappearance, or was Marlena actually abducted? On this week’s episode of “The Trail Went Cold”, we examine a very controversial and divisive missing children’s case which has yet to find a resolution. “The Trail Went Cold” is on Patreon! Visit www.patreon.com/thetrailwentcold to become a patron and gain access to our exclusive bonus content. We would like to thank our sponsor, Winc, for supporting this week’s episode. To receive a $20 credit and free shipping on 4 bottles of wine on your first order, go to trywinc.com/cold. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Spotify. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
Sep 19, 2018
The Trail Went Cold – Episode 89 – Beth Miller, Tiffany Sessions, and Tracy Kroh
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August 16, 1983. Idaho Springs, Colorado. 14-year old Beth Miller leaves her home to go jogging, but never returns. The investigation uncovers some promising leads, including eyewitness accounts of a man in a red pick-up truck who was seen flirting with Beth in the days prior to her disappearance. Ten years later, the former girlfriend of a deceased suspect leads the authorities towards an alleged burial location for Beth’s body, but nothing is found. February 9, 1989. Gainesville, Florida. 20-year old university student Tiffany Sessions leaves her condo to go for a power walk, but does not return. 24 years later, after a convicted murderer named Paul Rowles dies in prison, investigators uncover evidence in his possessions which seems to implicate him in Tiffany’s disappearance, but her remains cannot be found. August 5, 1989. Dauphin County, Pennsylvania. 17-year old Tracy Kroh leaves her house to visit her sister, who turns out not to be home. When Tracy does not return, her abandoned car is eventually discovered in a nearby town square, but Tracy is nowhere to be found. Four years later, some of Tracy’s possessions are found next to a remote creek, but she continues to remain a missing person. While these three cases do not seem to have any connection to each other, they would unexpectedly be linked together in 1994 after the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children received a bizarre anonymous tip which alleged that all three victims were still alive. For the first time, “The Trail Went Cold” is going to tackle three unsolved missing persons cases in the same episode and explore the likelihood of them being connected. “The Trail Went Cold” is on Patreon! Visit www.patreon.com/thetrailwentcold to become a patron and gain access to our exclusive bonus content. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
Sep 12, 2018
The Trail Went Cold – Episode 88 – The Salomon Family
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October 12, 1982. Los Angeles, California. 35-year old Sol Salomon, his 39-year old wife Elaine, his 15-year old stepdaughter Michelle, and their 9-year old son Mitchell all vanish without explanation from their home. Evidence suggests they were victims of foul play and pieces of their identification are found scattered alongside a freeway. The investigation leads to Harvey Rader, a business acquaintance of Sol’s who is accused of killing the entire family and burying their bodies in the desert, and is also considered a potential suspect in the unsolved disappearance of a California couple named Peter and Joan Davis. Rader is eventually charged with murdering the Salomons, but after two mistrials, he is acquitted at his third trial in 1992. Did Harvey Rader get away with the murders of the Salomon family, or was someone else responsible? This week’s episode of “The Trail Went Cold” chronicles the harrowing unsolved disappearance of an entire family who have still never been found. “The Trail Went Cold” is on Patreon! Visit www.patreon.com/thetrailwentcold to become a patron and gain access to our exclusive bonus content. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
Sep 05, 2018
The Trail Went Cold – Episode 87 – Stanley Gryziec
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November 6, 1976. Rome, New York. 59-year old Stanley Gryziec and his wife, Esther, are attacked in their home by two masked intruders, who tie up Esther, ransack the place, and murder Stanley. Even though the original autopsy report states that Stanley was stabbed to death, his son finds a shell casing inside the house which was overlooked by police, and an exhumation of Stanley’s body reveals that he was actually shot through the chest. Over a decade later, a new investigation uncovers evidence that the two perpetrators were hired to break into Stanley’s house and that his death may have been connected to illegal activities at a local bar and a secret confession Stanley heard from his dying brother. This week’s episode of “The Trail Went Cold” chronicles a baffling unsolved home invasion murder and an alleged cover-up. “The Trail Went Cold” is on Patreon! Visit www.patreon.com/thetrailwentcold to become a patron and gain access to our exclusive bonus content. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
Aug 29, 2018
The Trail Went Cold – Episode 86 – Michael Dunahee & Casey Bohun
March 24, 1991. Victoria, British Columbia. Four-year old Michael Dunahee accompanies his family to a football game at a local elementary school and after they park their car, Michael asks if he can go to a nearby playground. Within minutes, Michael’s parents notice that he is not at the playground and has vanished without a trace, leading to speculation that he was abducted during a very narrow timeframe. Over the next two decades, there would be reported sightings of Michael, the surprising discovery of his missing poster in a deceased individual’s home, and a couple of young adults who were briefly suspected of being Michael himself, but he is never found. August 5, 1989. North Delta, British Columbia. After spending the night in the same bedroom as her baby sister, three-year old Casey Bohun vanishes without explanation from her home. Casey is last seen playing on the front porch by a neighbour and police dogs are able to track her scent down the street to a nearby park, but there is no sign of the missing child. Casey’s family would suffer a number of personal tragedies in subsequent years, but there are still no answers about what actually happened to her. This week, we will be presenting a special double feature episode of “The Trail Went Cold” about two unsolved missing children’s cases from Western Canada. Special thanks to one of our listeners, Julie, for providing the opening narration on today’s episode. “The Trail Went Cold” is on Patreon! Visit www.patreon.com/thetrailwentcold to become a patron and gain access to our exclusive bonus content. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
Aug 22, 2018
The Trail Went Cold – Episode 85 – Mimi Boomhower
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August 18, 1949. Los Angeles, California. After finishing a phone call with a friend, 48-year old widowed socialite Mimi Boomhower is not heard from for days. When police eventually check Mimi’s house, they discover that her lights are still on, an uneaten salad is sitting on the table, and her car is still parked in the garage. Mimi herself has vanished without explanation and her purse is soon found inside a phone booth containing a message that it was found on a beach. It would also turn out that Mimi was suffering from financial problems at this time and had told her business manager she was planning to meet a gentleman on the evening she went missing. Did Mimi elope and run off voluntarily, or was she the victim of foul play? Could her disappearance be connected to the infamous "Black Dahlia" murder from two years earlier? This week’s episode of “The Trail Went Cold” chronicles a baffling missing persons cases which would become known as “The Disappearance of the Merry Widow”. Thanks to Warby Parker for supporting "The Trail Went Cold". Visit http://www.warbyparker.com/cold to order your own FREE Home Try-On Kit with free shipping! “The Trail Went Cold” is on Patreon! Visit www.patreon.com/thetrailwentcold to become a patron and gain access to our exclusive bonus content. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
Aug 15, 2018
The Trail Went Cold – Episode 84 – Audrey Moate & Thomas Hotard
November 24, 1956. LaPlace, Louisiana. 46-year old married family man Thomas Hotard and 31-year old single mother Audrey Moate meet up to continue their secret affair, which they have been carrying on for years. The following day, Thomas’ body is discovered inside his vehicle at a remote swamp area with a shotgun blast to the back of his head. Even though most of Audrey’s clothing has been left behind, she is nowhere to be found and a search of the area turns up no trace of her. Two decades later, a dying man confesses that his common-law wife was responsible for murdering the couple and that he helped dispose of Audrey’s body, but no evidence is found to support his story. This week’s episode of “The Trail Went Cold” covers a “lovers’ lane” murder from the Louisiana bayou involving one victim who has still never been found. “The Trail Went Cold” is on Patreon! Visit www.patreon.com/thetrailwentcold to become a patron and gain access to our exclusive bonus content. We would like to thank our sponsor, Winc, for supporting this week’s episode. To receive a $20 credit and free shipping on 4 bottles of wine on your first order, go to trywinc.com/cold. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
Aug 08, 2018
The Trail Went Cold – Episode 83 – Crystal Spencer
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May 6, 1988. Burbank, California. Crystal Spencer, a 28-year old aspiring actress working as a topless dancer, phones her sister and mentions that she is feeling ill. This is the last time anyone ever hears from Crystal and one week later, her decomposing body is discovered in a corner of her apartment. She is nude from the waist down and entangled in her telephone cord, but the coroner is unable to determine her exact cause of death. However, even though the authorities are inclined to believe that Crystal died from an unknown illness, neighbours report having heard screams from her apartment shortly after her final phone call and Crystal’s boyfriend notices some strange discrepancies in her autopsy report which make him suspect foul play and a police cover-up. In this week’s episode of “The Trail Went Cold”, we examine the bizarre unexplained death of Crystal Spencer. “The Trail Went Cold” is on Patreon! Visit www.patreon.com/thetrailwentcold to become a patron and gain access to our exclusive bonus content. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
Aug 01, 2018
The Trail Went Cold – Episode 82 – Jonathan Luna
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December 3, 2003. Baltimore, Maryland. While working on a plea agreement, 38-year old prosecutor Jonathan Luna leaves his office at the Federal District Court Building shortly before midnight. The following morning, Luna’s vehicle is discovered over 90 miles away in a rural creek in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania and his body is lying in the water. He has been stabbed 36 times with his own penknife, but while the Lancaster County Coroner’s Office are certain Luna was murdered, the FBI believe his death might have been a suicide. An investigation into Luna’s movements only opens up more questions, as he inexplicably made a detour through Delaware before travelling to Pennsylvania. Was Jonathan Luna a victim of foul play? And what was the purpose of his lengthy road trip? This week’s episode of “The Trail Went Cold” examines one of the most baffling unexplained deaths we have ever encountered. “The Trail Went Cold” is on Patreon! Visit www.patreon.com/thetrailwentcold to become a patron and gain access to our exclusive bonus content. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
Jul 25, 2018
The Trail Went Cold – Episode 81 – Philip Cairns
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October 23, 1986. Dublin, Ireland. After going home for lunch, 13-year old Philip Cairns leaves in order to return to school. He never arrives and vanishes without a trace. Six days later, Philip’s school bag appears in a laneway which had previously been searched, leading to speculation that it was planted there by the person who abducted him. In 2016, a witness implicates a former radio host and convicted pedophile named Eamon Cooke in Philip’s disappearance. By this point, Cooke is on his deathbed and even though he is questioned by investigators, he is unable to provide any conclusive answers. Did Eamon Cooke abduct and murder Philip Cairns, or was someone else responsible? On this week’s episode of “The Trail Went Cold”, we return to Ireland to examine of one of their most famous unsolved disappearances. Special thanks to listener Aine Noonan for narrating the intro to this episode! “The Trail Went Cold” is on Patreon! Visit www.patreon.com/thetrailwentcold to become a patron and gain access to our exclusive bonus content. We would like to thank our sponsor, Winc, for supporting this week’s episode. To receive a $20 credit and free shipping on 4 bottles of wine on your first order, go to trywinc.com/cold. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
Jul 18, 2018
The Trail Went Cold – Episode 80 – Eric Tamiyasu
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June 25, 2001. Hood River, Oregon. During a date with a friend, 41-year old Eric Tamiyasu hears strange noises outside his home and discovers an unidentified shoeprint. After his friend leaves for the night, Eric is not heard from for five days. His decomposing body is eventually discovered in his bed and it turns out he has been shot three times in the head. The investigation would uncover a number of intriguing suspects: the local sheriff, who made the odd decision to destroy a crucial piece of evidence; a close friend and business partner who allegedly had a dispute with Eric over money; and the person who discovered Eric’s body and displayed some very strange behavior. Did any these of suspects murder Eric Tamiyasu, or was someone else responsible? We explore a true whodunit on this week’s edition of “The Trail Went Cold”. “The Trail Went Cold” is on Patreon! Visit www.patreon.com/thetrailwentcold to become a patron and gain access to our exclusive bonus content. “The Trail Went Cold” will be appearing alongside other true crime podcasts at a “A Canadian Crime Podcast Event” on July 22 at The Hideout in Toronto. For more information on the event and to purchase tickets for only $10, please visit here. We would like to thank our sponsor, Winc, for supporting this week’s episode. To receive a $20 credit and free shipping on 4 bottles of wine on your first order, go to trywinc.com/cold. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
Jul 11, 2018
The Trail Went Cold – Episode 79 – Harold & Thelma Swain
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March 11, 1985. Waverly, Georgia. While holding a Bible class at the Rising Daughters Baptist Church, 66-year old deacon Harold Swain is summoned to the vestibule by an unidentified man. Harold is soon shot to death and when his 63-year old wife, Thelma Swain, goes to check on him, she is fatally shot as well. Eighteen years later, a suspect named Dennis Perry is convicted of the murders and receives two life sentences. However, controversy surrounds the conviction, as a lot of crucial evidence went missing, Perry seemed to have a solid alibi, and another suspect allegedly bragged about the murders. Did Dennis Perry actually commit this crime, or has the real killer escaped justice? This week’s episode of “The Trail Went Cold” examines an “Unsolved Mysteries” case which may not be as “solved” as everyone thinks. “The Trail Went Cold” is on Patreon! Visit www.patreon.com/thetrailwentcold to become a patron and gain access to our exclusive bonus content. “The Trail Went Cold” will be appearing alongside other true crime podcasts at a “A Canadian Crime Podcast Event” on July 22 at The Hideout in Toronto. For more information on the event and to purchase tickets for only $10, please visit here. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
Jul 04, 2018
The Trail Went Cold – Episode 78 – Rena Paquette
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February 3, 1964. Manchester, New Hampshire. The burned body of 54-year old Rena Paquette is discovered inside a pigsty on her family’s farm. Even though there are no containers for flammable substances at the scene, investigators believe that Rena set herself on fire and rule her death to be a suicide. However, many people suspect that Rena’s death was connected to the recent murder of a local teenage girl named Pamela Mason, as Rena believed she knew the killer’s identity and shared it with the police. While Pamela’s killer is soon caught, Rena’s death remains unsolved. This week’s episode of “The Trail Went Cold” chronicles a story with a number of twists and turns, including the involvement of the United States Supreme Court and the unexpected murder of Rena Paquette’s son. “The Trail Went Cold” is on Patreon! Visit www.patreon.com/thetrailwentcold to become a patron and gain access to our exclusive bonus content. “The Trail Went Cold” will be appearing alongside other true crime podcasts at a “A Canadian Crime Podcast Event” on July 22 at The Hideout in Toronto. For more information on the event and to purchase tickets for only $10, please visit here. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
Jun 27, 2018
The Trail Went Cold – Episode 77 – Paulette Gebara Farah
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March 22, 2010. Huixquilucan, Mexico. Paulette Gebara Farah, a four-year girl with developmental disabilities, vanishes from her bedroom and a massive search campaign fails to turn up any trace of her. Nine days later, Paulette’s decomposing body is discovered wedged between her mattress and the footboard of her bed, and a police inquiry rules that she got stuck there accidentally and died of asphyxiation. However, many people find it unlikely that Paulette’s body could have remained there undiscovered the entire time she was missing, and her parents display enough suspicious behavior to face accusations that they were responsible for her death and orchestrated a cover-up. This week’s episode of “The Trail Went Cold” travels down to Mexico to tackle a story which became a media circus and remains one of the most controversial cases in the history of the country. “The Trail Went Cold” is on Patreon! Visit www.patreon.com/thetrailwentcold to become a patron and gain access to our exclusive bonus content. “The Trail Went Cold” will be appearing alongside other true crime podcasts at a “A Canadian Crime Podcast Event” on July 22 at The Hideout in Toronto. For more information on the event and to purchase tickets for only $10, please visit here. “The Trail Went Cold” will be in attendance at PodernLove, a podcasting convention being held at the Intercontinental Hotel in New Orleans from August 10-12. In order to receive a 10 % discount on tickets to the event, please visit their website and use our personalized promo code, “Robert Stack”. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
Jun 20, 2018
The Trail Went Cold – Episode 76 – Michael Johnston, Rochelle Robinson, and Kurt McFall
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June 27, 1994. Tacoma, Washington. 25-year old Michael Johnston and 19-year old Rochelle Robinson leave a get-together at a friend’s house. Later that morning, Michael is found shot to death outside Rochelle’s vehicle with his throat slashed. Rochelle is soon found stabbed to death on a remote road with her own throat slashed. Even though Michael was married, it turned out the two victims had been carrying on a secret affair. While police are inclined to think the killer was an unidentified stalker who was targeting Rochelle, a psychic expresses her belief that the murders are connected to Michael’s alleged involvement with black magic and the occult. September 8, 1984. San Francisco, California. 17-year old Kurt McFall leaves his home to spend the night with Gabriel “Caradoc” Carrillo, a friend who runs a group which teaches Paganism. Kurt never returns home and two days later, his body is discovered on a remote beach beneath a cliff. According to Caradoc, Kurt had left his apartment in the middle of the night to go swimming and the police believe that Kurt’s death was the result of an accidental fall off the cliff. However, when Kurt’s father hears allegations that Caradoc’s group functioned like a Satanic cult and Kurt was trying to escape from them, he starts to believe his son was the victim of foul play. This week, we will be presenting a special double feature episode of “The Trail Went Cold” about two “Unsolved Mysteries” cases which contained moral panics about Satanism and the occult. Special thanks to listener Austina Cronk for providing the opening narration on today’s episode. “The Trail Went Cold” is on Patreon! Visit www.patreon.com/thetrailwentcold to become a patron and gain access to our exclusive bonus content. “The Trail Went Cold” will be appearing alongside other true crime podcasts at a “A Canadian Crime Podcast Event” on July 22 at The Hideout in Toronto. For more information on the event and to purchase tickets for only $10, please visit here. “The Trail Went Cold” will be in attendance at PodernLove, a podcasting convention being held at the Intercontinental Hotel in New Orleans from August 10-12. In order to receive a 10 % discount on tickets to the event, please visit their website and use our personalized promo code, “Robert Stack”. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
Jun 13, 2018
The Trail Went Cold – Episode 75 – Amanda Gallion and Patrick Ghering
34:54
October 13, 1997. Gillette, Wyoming. 14-year old Amanda Gallion leaves her home for school, but never arrives and is reported missing. Suspicion turns towards Amanda’s 20-year old boyfriend, Patrick Ghering, who denies any knowledge of her disappearance. Six days later, Patrick goes missing himself after his abandoned vehicle is discovered by the side of the road. Over the next several years, Amanda would be looked at as a potential victim of notorious child predator, Nathaniel Bar-Jonah, and spark controversy when a jailhouse snitch attempts to pin her disappearance on another convicted murder. However, the leads never pan out, and no trace of Amanda or Patrick is ever found. Are their disappearances connected, or did they both go missing under entirely different circumstances? We explore all the different angles of this baffling story on this week’s edition of “The Trail Went Cold”. “The Trail Went Cold” is now on Patreon! Visit www.patreon.com/thetrailwentcold to become a patron and gain access to our exclusive bonus content. “The Trail Went Cold” will be appearing alongside other true crime podcasts at a “A Canadian Crime Podcast Event” on July 22 at The Hideout in Toronto. For more information on the event and to purchase tickets for only $10, please visit here. “The Trail Went Cold” will be in attendance at PodernLove, a podcasting convention being held at the Intercontinental Hotel in New Orleans from August 10-12. In order to receive a 10 % discount on tickets to the event, please visit their website and use our personalized promo code, “Robert Stack”. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
Jun 06, 2018
The Trail Went Cold – Episode 74 – John Iverson
47:13
January 4, 1991. Lake Havasu City, Arizona. 42-year old audio designer John Iverson disappears from his home after a meeting with a machinist named Jack Weber. According to Iverson’s spouse, Kathy Munro, Weber had robbed her at gunpoint before kidnapping Iverson. After being a wanted fugitive for three months, Weber turns himself in, but there is no sign of Iverson. Weber claims Munro’s story isn’t true and that Iverson left with him voluntarily before staging his own disappearance and framing him for kidnapping. Since there is no evidence of foul play, the charges against Weber are dropped, but Iverson is never found. Did Jack Weber kidnap and murder John Iverson? Or was his disappearance actually an elaborate set-up? We explore both scenarios on this week’s episode of “The Trail Went Cold”, which chronicles what might be the oddest missing persons case we’ve ever covered. “The Trail Went Cold” is now on Patreon! Visit www.patreon.com/thetrailwentcold to become a patron and gain access to our exclusive bonus content. “The Trail Went Cold” will be appearing alongside other true crime podcasts at a “A Canadian Crime Podcast Event” on July 22 at The Hideout in Toronto. For more information on the event and to purchase tickets for only $10, please visit here. “The Trail Went Cold” will be in attendance at PodernLove, a podcasting convention being held at the Intercontinental Hotel in New Orleans from August 10-12. In order to receive a 10 % discount on tickets to the event, please visit their website and use our personalized promo code, “Robert Stack”. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
May 30, 2018
The Trail Went Cold – Episode 73 – Dexter Stefonek
November 19, 1985. Dawson County, Montana. After leaving his son’s farm in Oregon the previous day to take a lengthy road trip back to his home in Wisconsin, 67-year old Dexter Stefonek disappears and his burning car is discovered at an isolated rest area. Only a half hour earlier, a witness had seen an unidentified man driving Dexter’s car into the rest area and he appeared to be carrying two containers of gasoline. Three-and-a-half months later, Dexter’s body is discovered at a remote dumpsite and it turns out he has been beaten and shot twice in the head. On this week’s episode of “The Trail Went Cold”, we examine the baffling, senseless unsolved murder of Dexter Stefonek, whose killer remains unidentified. “The Trail Went Cold” is now on Patreon! Visit www.patreon.com/thetrailwentcold to become a patron and gain access to our exclusive bonus content. “The Trail Went Cold” will be appearing alongside other true crime podcasts at a “A Canadian Crime Podcast Event” on July 22 at The Hideout in Toronto. For more information on the event and to purchase tickets for only $10, please visit here. "The Trail Went Cold" will be in attendance at PodernLove, a podcasting convention being held at the Intercontinental Hotel in New Orleans from August 10-12. In order to receive a 10 % discount on tickets to the event, please visit their website and use our personalized promo code, "Robert Stack". Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
May 23, 2018
The Trail Went Cold – Episode 72 – Blair Adams
45:32
July 11, 1996. Knoxville, Tennessee. The body of 31-year old Blair Adams is discovered in a parking lot. He is nude from the waist down with $4,000 worth of American, Canadian and German currency scattered around his body, and the cause of death is determined to be a violent blow which ruptured his stomach. Blair hails from Surrey, British Columbia and had suddenly quit his job three days earlier before embarking on a 4,000-mile cross-country trip. He had been exhibiting paranoid behaviour and seemed convinced someone was trying to kill him, but shortly after arriving in Knoxville, he inexplicably wound up dead under bizarre circumstances. This week’s episode of “The Trail Went Cold” covers a highly requested mystery, which ranks as one of the all-time most baffling unsolved deaths. Special thanks to listener Christy Tarver for providing the opening narration for this episode. “The Trail Went Cold” is now on Patreon! Visit www.patreon.com/thetrailwentcold to become a patron and gain access to our exclusive bonus content. “The Trail Went Cold” will be appearing alongside other true crime podcasts at a “A Canadian Crime Podcast Event” on July 22 at The Hideout in Toronto. For more information on the event and to purchase tickets for only $10, please visit here. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
May 16, 2018
The Trail Went Cold – Episode 71 – Lulu Courchesne
42:27
October 18, 1987. Rochester, New Hampshire. 34-year old Alene “Lulu” Courchesne is found strangled to death next to a turnpike outside of town. Even though Lulu is engaged to someone else, she had gone out on a date the previous night with a man named Rick McCue. Rick is eventually charged with Lulu’s murder and found guilty at trial, even though compelling evidence seems to point to the brother of Lulu’s fiancée. After allegations of jury misconduct cause his conviction to be overturned, Rick receives a new trial and is acquitted in 1993, but no one else is ever charged with Lulu Courchesne’s murder. Did Rick McCue actually commit this crime, or did the real perpetrator get away with it? This week’s episode of “The Trail Went Cold” examines a controversial murder case which has yet to find a complete resolution after 30 years. “The Trail Went Cold” is now on Patreon! Visit www.patreon.com/thetrailwentcold to become a patron and gain access to our exclusive bonus content. “The Trail Went Cold” will be appearing alongside other true crime podcasts at a “A Canadian Crime Podcast Event” on July 22 at The Hideout in Toronto. For more information on the event and to purchase tickets for only $10, please visit here. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
May 09, 2018
The Trail Went Cold – Episode 70 – Tabitha Tuders & Heaven LaShae Ross
47:52
April 29, 2003. Nashville, Tennessee. 13-year old Tabitha Tuders leaves her house for school and is last seen walking through her neighbourhood towards her bus stop. Tabitha never boards the bus or arrives at school and when she fails to return home that evening, she is reported missing. Less than four months later, another young girl goes missing when 11-year old Heaven LaShae Ross also disappears after leaving her home to catch the school bus in Northport, Alabama. Shae’s remains are discovered underneath an abandoned house three years later, but her death remains unsolved and Tabitha Tuders is never found. On this week’s episode of “The Trail Went Cold”, we examine two unsolved cold cases involving girls who vanished under very similar circumstances and the possibility that they might be connected. Thanks to HelloFresh for supporting our podcast. Get $30 off your first week of deliveries by going to HelloFresh.com/cold30 and using the offer code “cold30”. “The Trail Went Cold” is now on Patreon! Visit www.patreon.com/thetrailwentcold to become a patron and gain access to our exclusive bonus content. "The Trail Went Cold" will be appearing alongside other true crime podcasts at a "A Canadian Crime Podcast Event" on July 22 at The Hideout in Toronto. For more information on the event and to purchase tickets for only $10, please visit here. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
May 02, 2018
The Trail Went Cold – Episode 69 – Jacqueline Levitz
37:07
November 18, 1995. Vicksburg, Mississippi. 62-year old Jacqueline Levitz, the wealthy widowed heiress to a furniture empire, vanishes from her home. Two days later, blood stains and evidence of a violent struggle are discovered inside her bedroom, creating the impression that Jacqueline met with foul play. Over the years, numerous suspects would be investigated, including members of Jacqueline’s family, her recently deceased husband’s family, workmen from a construction crew remodelling her home, and a mother-and-son con artist duo who would be convicted of the murder of another wealthy missing woman years later. However, no has ever been linked to Jacqueline Levitz’s unsolved disappearance, so this week’s episode of “The Trail Went Cold” will explore all the different theories of what might have happened. “The Trail Went Cold” will be appearing on podcast row at CrimeCon 2018 from May 4th-6th at the Gaylord Opryland hotel in Nashville. Listeners can receive a 10% discount on their ticket purchase by using the code “TTWC”. “The Trail Went Cold” is now on Patreon! Visit www.patreon.com/thetrailwentcold to become a patron and gain access to our exclusive bonus content. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
Apr 25, 2018
The Trail Went Cold – Episode 68 – Ambrose Small
47:28
December 2, 1919. Toronto, Ontario. Ambrose Small, a wealthy 56-year old theater tycoon, has just completed a deal to sell off all his holdings for $1.7 million. After having a meeting with his lawyer at his office at the Grand Opera House, Small vanishes without a trace. Over the years, suspicion would be directed at numerous suspects, including Small’s wife and his personal secretary, who fled the country after stealing some of Small’s bonds. However, there was never enough evidence to implicate anyone and the case would even veer into supernatural territory after there were reported sightings of Small’s ghost haunting one of his former theatres. After 68 full-length episodes and 32 minisodes, “The Trail Went Cold” has officially released its 100th episode and to commemorate the occasion, we have travelled back nearly 100 years to cover one of Canada’s most famous unsolved mysteries. Special thanks to listeners Heather Jones, Laura Fulks, Andrea Canfield, Abbey Martin and Casey Brandt for narrating sections of today’s episode. “The Trail Went Cold” will be appearing on podcast row at CrimeCon 2018 from May 4th-6th at the Gaylord Opryland hotel in Nashville. Listeners can receive a 10% discount on their ticket purchase by using the code “TTWC”. “The Trail Went Cold” is now on Patreon! Visit www.patreon.com/thetrailwentcold to become a patron and gain access to our exclusive bonus content. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
Apr 18, 2018
The Trail Went Cold – Episode 67 – Steve Sandlin
47:16
May 7, 1988. Mountainair, New Mexico. Steve Sandlin, a 21-year old rookie with the local police department, is found dead inside the station. He has been shot in the head and since the police chief pushes forward the theory that Steve’s death was either suicide or an accident, it is officially classified as “undetermined”. However, Steve’s family becomes suspicious when they discover several bags of marijuana planted inside his house and learn that Steve had recently arrested a local resident who was involved in drug dealing. Information is uncovered to suggest that Steve may have been the victim of a conspiracy involving other police officers and it would be several years before his death is reclassified as a homicide. This week’s episode of “The Trail Went Cold” covers our first unsolved cold case involving the death of a police officer. “The Trail Went Cold” will be appearing on podcast row at CrimeCon 2018 from May 4th-6th at the Gaylord Opryland hotel in Nashville. Listeners can receive a 10% discount on their ticket purchase by using the code “TTWC”. "The Trail Went Cold" is now on Patreon! Visit www.patreon.com/thetrailwentcold to become a patron and gain access to our exclusive bonus content. We would like to thank our sponsor, Winc, for supporting this week’s episode. To receive a $20 credit and free shipping on 4 bottles of wine on your first order, go to trywinc.com/cold. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
Apr 11, 2018
The Trail Went Cold – Special Announcement – Patreon
7:12
April 5, 2018. Listeners of the “The Trail Went Cold” wake up to discover that after producing content for over two years, the podcast has suddenly made an appearance on Patreon. So I guess you could say… thank you for supporting our show! That’s right, “The Trail Went Cold” is finally available on Patreon and we are going to be offering some great bonus rewards for our listeners. In fact, some of our rewards are so unique that we have decided to release a brief minisode containing our official announcement, along with detailed explanations about our different tiers, and the bonuses and exclusive content we will be offering. We hope you will join us for the next big step in our podcast’s journey, so please visit our new Patreon page at patreon.com/thetrailwentcold.
Apr 05, 2018
The Trail Went Cold – Episode 66 – Valerie Percy
41:54
September 18, 1966. Kenilworth, Illinois. 21-year old Valerie Percy, the daughter of Illinois Senatorial candidate Charles Percy, is bludgeoned and stabbed to death in her bedroom by an unknown intruder who has broken into her family’s affluent home. Valerie’s stepmother enters the room and catches a brief glimpse of the perpetrator, but he manages to flee the scene. Over the years, numerous potential suspects would pop up on the radar, but no one is conclusively linked to the crime. Could Valerie have been the victim of a burglary gone wrong? Or was the killer a suspect whose family lived in the same neighbourhood? On this week’s episode of “The Trail Went Cold”, we examine the brutal unsolved murder of a victim who hailed from one of Illinois’s most prominent families. “The Trail Went Cold” will be appearing on podcast row at CrimeCon 2018 from May 4th-6th at the Gaylord Opryland hotel in Nashville. Listeners can receive a 10% discount on their ticket purchase by using the code “TTWC”. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
Apr 04, 2018
The Trail Went Cold – Episode 65 – Kristen Tomlin
37:41
November 13, 1981. Stinson Beach, California. 44-year old John Paul Russell and 34-year old Bob Dozier emerge from the Pacific Ocean, claiming that their yacht, the Freedom II, sank after a large freighter crashed into them. John’s 30-year old wife, Suzanne Russell, and their 20-year old friend, Kristen Tomlin, were also on the boat and presumed drowned. However, when no trace of the Freedom II can be found, investigators begin to suspect that the whole incident is an elaborate scam orchestrated by the two men. Evidence also suggests that Suzanne Russell may have been in on the scam and faked her own death. After hiding out as fugitives for over a decade, John Paul Russell and Bob Dozier are captured and serve time in prison for fraud, but no trace of Kristen Tomlin is ever found. Was Kristen also a part of the scam and did she stage her own disappearance? Or was she an innocent victim who fell prey to some con artists? This week’s episode of “The Trail Went Cold” covers an incredibly bizarre fraud scheme involving a missing boat which eventually turned into an unsolved missing persons case. “The Trail Went Cold” will be appearing on podcast row at CrimeCon 2018 from May 4th-6th at the Gaylord Opryland hotel in Nashville. Listeners can receive a 10% discount on their ticket purchase by using the code “TTWC”. We would like to thank our sponsor, Winc, for supporting this week’s episode. To receive a $20 credit and free shipping on 4 bottles of wine on your first order, go to trywinc.com/cold. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
Mar 28, 2018
The Trail Went Cold – Episode 64 – Reet Jurvetson
36:04
November 16, 1969. Los Angeles, California. The murdered body of a young white female is discovered on a ravine overlooking Mulholland Canyon. She has been stabbed 157 times, but since she cannot be identified, the victim simply becomes known as "Jane Doe 59". 46 years later, DNA testing officially identifies her as 19-year old Reet Jurvetson, a Swedish-born Canadian citizen who had travelled to California before she went missing. Numerous theories surround the crime: was Reet an unconfirmed victim of the Manson Family? Or could her death be connected to an unidentified boyfriend named "Jean", whom she was visiting before she was killed? On this week's episode of "The Trail Went Cold", we chronicle the brutal unsolved murder of a woman who regained her identity after four decades. “The Trail Went Cold” will be appearing on podcast row at CrimeCon 2018 from May 4th-6th at the Gaylord Opryland hotel in Nashville. Listeners can receive a 10% discount on their ticket purchase by using the code “TTWC”. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
Mar 21, 2018
The Trail Went Cold – Episode 63 – Andre Bryant, Christopher Dansby, and Shane Walker
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March 29, 1989. Brooklyn, New York. A 22-year old African-American woman named Monique Rivera and her six-week old son, Andre Bryant, leave on a shopping trip with two unidentified women, but never return. The following day, Monique's murdered body is discovered in a wooded area, but Andre is nowhere to be found. Within the next four-and-a-half months, two more African-American infants from the New York City area, two-year old Christopher Dansby and 20-month old Shane Walker, are abducted under strikingly similar circumstances from the same playground and never seen again. Could there have been a connection between the disappearances of Andre, Christopher and Shane? We will be examining all three of these unsolved cases on this week's episode of "The Trail Went Cold". Special thanks to listener Cecily Cooper for narrating the opening of this episode. Also, please check out the Charley Project pages for all three of these missing infants: http://charleyproject.org/case/andre-terrence-bryant http://charleyproject.org/case/christopher-milton-dansby http://charleyproject.org/case/shane-anthony-walker "The Trail Went Cold" will be appearing on podcast row at CrimeCon 2018 from May 4th-6th at the Gaylord Opryland hotel in Nashville. Listeners can receive a 10% discount on their ticket purchase by using the code “TTWC”. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
Mar 14, 2018
The Trail Went Cold – Episode 62 – Dottie Caylor
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June 12, 1985. Concord, California. Dottie Caylor, a 41-year old woman with a history of struggles with agoraphobia, is allegedly dropped off at a train station by her husband, Jule Caylor, before she leaves on a trip. The following day, Jule finds Dottie's car in another train station's parking lot with her purse inside, but Dottie does not return from her trip and is never heard from again. Over the next few years, suspicion would fall upon Jule after some surprise revelations, including a secret engagement to another woman at the time Dottie went missing and an anonymous letter accusing him of murder. Was Jule responsible for Dottie's disappearance or did she disappear voluntarily to start a new life? This week's episode of "The Trail Went Cold" examines one of our most highly requested missing persons cases. Thanks to HelloFresh for supporting our podcast. Go to www.HelloFresh.com and use the code cold30 to get $30 off your first week of deliveries. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
Mar 07, 2018
The Trail Went Cold – Episode 61 – Trevor Deely
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December 8, 2000. Dublin, Ireland. After spending a rainy evening at a staff Christmas party, 22-year old Trevor Deely walks from a nightclub to his place of employment, the Bank of Ireland Asset Management headquarters. Trevor chats with a co-worker and grabs an umbrella, but after leaving the building to walk home and passing by an ATM camera over ten minutes later, he vanishes without a trace. CCTV footage would show an unidentified man standing outside Trevor's workplace and interacting him with that night. Was this man involved in Trevor's disappearance? For the first time, "The Trail Went Cold" will be travelling to Ireland to cover one of their most famous unsolved missing persons cases. “The Trail Went Cold” will be appearing on podcast row at CrimeCon 2018 from May 4th-6th at the Gaylord Opryland hotel in Nashville. Listeners can receive a 10% discount on their ticket purchase by using the code “TTWC”. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
Feb 28, 2018
The Trail Went Cold – Episode 60 – The Circleville Letters Case
August 19, 1977. Circleville, Ohio. After receiving a phone call, an angry Ron Gillispie frantically drives away from his home and dies after crashing into a tree. For the past several months, Ron's wife, Mary Gillispie, had been receiving anonymous threatening letters expressing anger about her alleged affair with another man. In total, over a thousand anonymous letters would be sent to residents of the area during this time period. Five-and-a-half years later, Mary would find a homemade booby trap containing a gun belonging to Ron's former brother-in-law, Paul Freshour. Paul is accused of being the author of the anonymous letters and spends ten years in prison for Mary's attempted murder, but the threatening letters continue to be sent while Paul is incarcerated. Was Paul Freshour the mysterious "Circleville Writer" or was he framed and wrongly imprisoned? For our special two-year anniversary show of "The Trail Went Cold", we will be chronicling a case which was voted on by our listeners: the bizarre saga of "The Circleville Letters". Special thanks to listener Jamie Sciullo for narrating the opening of this episode, and Tyler from "The Minds of Madness" podcast for providing the voice of the Circleville Writer. Also, a big thanks to Esther Gamez for providing us with another terrific piece of cover art for this episode. Be sure to check out Esther’s Facebook and Tumblr pages to see more of her artwork. We would like to thank our sponsor, Winc, for supporting this week’s episode. To receive a $20 credit and free shipping on 4 bottles of wine on your first order, go to trywinc.com/cold. “The Trail Went Cold” will be appearing on podcast row at CrimeCon 2018 from May 4th-6th at the Gaylord Opryland hotel in Nashville. Listeners can receive a 10% discount on their ticket purchase by using the code “TTWC”. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
Feb 21, 2018
The Trail Went Cold – Episode 59 – Maureen Fields and Jodine Serrin
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February 14, 2006. Pahrump, Nevada. While working her shift at a bank, 41-year old Maureen Fields expresses concern that something is going to happen to her. The following day, Maureen fails to show up for work and her husband, Paul Fields, claims he last saw her when she left the house that morning. Maureen's abandoned car is discovered in the desert, but she is nowhere to be found and her husband immediately comes under suspicion. Years later, DNA evidence from the scene is matched to a convicted sex offender named Keith Wayne Holmes, but since he is suffering from dementia, Holmes is unable to provide answers about what happened before he passes away. February 14, 2007. Carlsbad, California. After not hearing from her, the concerned parents of 39-year old Jodine Serrin, who suffers from a mental disability, arrive at her condo. Jodine's father enters her bedroom and sees what appears to be a man engaged in sexual activity with his daughter. While the Serrins wait in the living room, the man sneaks out and Jodine's parents are horrified to discover their daughter has been murdered and that they unknowingly came face-to-face with her killer, who assaulted Jodine after she was already dead! To learn more information about this case, including a composite sketch of the suspect, please visit the website, jodineserrin.net. This week's edition of "The Trail Went Cold" is a special double feature episode which will be chronicling two unsolved cold cases which took place on Valentine's Day. We would like to thank our sponsor for this episode: BarkBox. For a free extra month of BarkBox, go to barkbox.com/cold when you subscribe to a 6 or 12 month plan. “The Trail Went Cold” will be appearing on podcast row at CrimeCon 2018 from May 4th-6th at the Gaylord Opryland hotel in Nashville. Listeners can receive a 10% discount on their ticket purchase by using the code “TTWC”. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
Feb 14, 2018
The Trail Went Cold – Episode 58 – The Mathis Family Murders
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September 8, 1981. Mount Vernon, South Dakota. 30-year old John Mathis contacts police to inform them that he has been shot in the arm after a struggle with a masked attacker on his farm. When police arrive, they discover that John's wife, LaDonna Mathis, and their two children, four-year old Brian and two-year old Patrick, have been shot to death. While John claims the masked attacker was responsible, investigators find a number of discrepancies in his story. John is eventually charged with murdering his wife and two sons, but when he goes on trial, the jury acquits him. Were LaDonna, Brian and Patrick actually killed by an unknown assailant? Or did John Mathis get away with the murder of his family? We examine both sides of this harrowing and controversial case on this week's episode of "The Trail Went Cold". “The Trail Went Cold” will be appearing on podcast row at CrimeCon 2018 from May 4th-6th at the Gaylord Opryland hotel in Nashville. Listeners can receive a 10% discount on their ticket purchase by using the code “TTWC”. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
Feb 07, 2018
The Trail Went Cold – Episode 57 – Patrick Sean Kelly
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May 5, 1996. Tijuana, Mexico. A young man is struck by a motorcycle while running across the highway and dies in hospital six days later. Three weeks pass before he is identified as Patrick Sean Kelly, a 22-year old Canadian film student who had gone missing from the University of Southern California. There are a number of suspicious discrepancies to suggest there is more to Patrick's death than a simple accident, as his ATM card is used and his vehicle is driven after he is hospitalized. The evidence also shows that Patrick may have travelled to Mexico with another young man, but this person is never identified. What compelled Patrick to make this trip? If he travelled with someone else, what happened to them? Was Patrick's death really caused by the motorcycle accident, or did the local authorities orchestrate a cover-up? These are just some of the unanswered questions in this week's baffling episode of "The Trail Went Cold", which chronicles an unexplained death which turned into a nightmare of jurisdictional red tape. We would like to thank our sponsor, Winc, for support this week's episode. To receive a $20 credit and free shipping on 4 bottles of wine on your first order, go to trywinc.com/cold. "The Trail Went Cold" will be appearing on podcast row at CrimeCon 2018 from May 4th-6th at the Gaylord Opryland hotel in Nashville. Listeners can receive a 10% discount on their ticket purchase by using the code “TTWC”. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
Jan 31, 2018
The Trail Went Cold – Episode 56 – Mary Marrs Cawein
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July 5, 1965. Lexington, Kentucky. After a night of heavy drinking with her husband and another couple, 39-year old Mary Marrs Cawein returns home. When morning hits, Mary is found dead in her bedroom chair and an autopsy would reveal she was murdered after ingesting carbolic acid. Suspicion immediately falls upon Mary’s husband, Dr. Madison Cawein, who had conducted affairs with two other women during their marriage. However, the case is further complicated by strange actions from Madison’s former mistress and the jealous husband of his current mistress, causing them to also become potential suspects. So who was actually responsible for the death of Mary Marrs Cawein? This week’s episode of “The Trail Went Cold” almost resembles a soap opera, as we chronicle a very bizarre whodunit which has been dubbed the “Carbolic Acid Cocktail Murder”. Thanks to HelloFresh for supporting our podcast. Go to www.HelloFresh.com and use the code cold30 to get $30 off your first week of deliveries. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
Jan 24, 2018
The Trail Went Cold – Episode 55 – Gary Grant Jr.
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January 12, 1984. Atlantic City, New Jersey. Seven-year old Gary Grant Jr., the son of a local police detective, leaves his home after telling his mother he is meeting someone for an appointment. Two days later, Gary’s body is discovered in a vacant lot after he has been bludgeoned to death with a pipe. A 12-year old friend of Gary’s named Carl “Boo” Mason soon confesses to the murder and is charged with the crime, but since Boo has a mental disability and a low IQ, his confession is thrown out and the charges are dropped. Over the next three decades, Gary’s father would be taunted by cryptic graffiti and also uncover a recording of an anonymous 911 caller confessing to the crime. Was Boo Mason involved in the murder of Gary Grant Jr. or was someone else responsible? On this week’s episode of “The Trail Went Cold”, we examine the incredibly tragic unsolved murder of a police officer’s son. This episode of The Trail Went Cold is brought to you by Zola. Zola is reinventing the wedding registry and planning process to make the happiest moment in couples’ lives even happier. To sign up with Zola and receive a $50 credit towards your registry, visit zola.com/cold. This episode is also brought to you by Aaptiv. Aaptiv produces audio-based workouts created by certified personal trainers available through a mobile app. New members get 50% off an annual membership, so please visit aaptiv.com/COLD. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
Jan 17, 2018
The Trail Went Cold – Episode 54 – Kelly Dae Wilson
January 5, 1992. Gilmer, Texas. After finishing the night shift at a local video store, 17-year old Kelly Dae Wilson vanishes without explanation and her car is found in the parking lot with one of its tires slashed. Two years later, eight suspects, one of them a police officer investigating the case, are indicted for Kelly’s abduction and murder and accused of being members of a Satanic cult. However, after the Satanic cult story is completely debunked, the charges against the suspects are dropped, but the exact circumstances of Kelly Dae Wilson’s disappearance remain unknown. On this week’s episode of “The Trail Went Cold”, we chronicle an unsolved missing persons case whose investigation was derailed by a truly outrageous epidemic of “Satanic Panic”. This episode is brought to you by Aaptiv. Aaptiv produces audio-based workouts created by certified personal trainers available through a mobile app. New members get 50% off an annual membership, so please visit aaptiv.com/COLD. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
Jan 10, 2018
The Trail Went Cold – Episode 53 – Ronald Hughes
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November 27, 1970. Ventura County, California. While representing Leslie Van Houten during the Manson Family’s murder trial, 35-year old attorney Ronald Hughes leaves to go on a camping trip. He never returns and his decomposed body is found wedged between two boulders in a gorge four months later. While the actual cause of death cannot be determined, rumours circulate about foul play, as Charles Manson had grown angry at Hughes and allegedly threatened him. Was Ronald Hughes’ death nothing more than a tragic accident, or was he an unconfirmed murder victim of the Manson Family? The first “Trail Went Cold” episode of 2018 chronicles the unexplained death of an aspiring attorney whose first and last case turned out to be one of the most famous murder trials of all time. Special thanks to listener Andrew Dodge for providing the opening narration for today’s episode. This episode is brought to you by Aaptiv. Aaptiv produces audio-based workouts created by certified personal trainers available through a mobile app. New members get 50% off an annual membership, so please visit aaptiv.com/COLD. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
Jan 03, 2018
The Trail Went Cold – Episode 52 – Patricia Meehan & Morris Davis
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April 20, 1989. Circle, Montana. While driving on the wrong side of a rural highway, 37-year old Patricia Meehan gets into a collision with another car. After staring blankly at the vehicle’s driver, Patricia walks out onto the prairie and disappears. During the next few months, there would be numerous sightings of a disoriented-woman resembling Patricia. This leads to speculation that the trauma of the car crash caused Patricia to develop amnesia and forget who she was, but she is ultimately never found. April 5, 1985. Great Falls, Montana. After an order is placed to a pizza parlour from a residential house, 23-year old driver Morris Davis delivers the pizza to that address. Morris is fatally shot eight times and his delivery wallet is stolen. It would turn out the house was vacant and that the killer had broken inside to wait for Morris to arrive. The case would feature some odd twists and turns, including an unlikely series of events involving the potential murder weapon, but the identity of Morris’ killer remains unknown. For this year’s final episode of “The Trail Went Cold”, we will be doing a special double feature and chronicling two cold cases from Montana which were featured on “Unsolved Mysteries”. This episode of The Trail Went Cold is brought to you by Zola. Zola is reinventing the wedding registry and planning process to make the happiest moment in couples’ lives even happier. To sign up with Zola and receive a $50 credit towards your registry, visit zola.com/cold and use the promo code “cold” at checkout. This episode is also brought to you by Aaptiv. Aaptiv produces audio-based workouts created by certified personal trainers available through a mobile app. New members get 50% off an annual membership, so please visit aaptiv.com/COLD. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
Dec 27, 2017
The Trail Went Cold – Episode 51 – The Hatbox Baby
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Christmas Eve 1931. Superior, Arizona. While driving through the desert, a couple named Ed and Julia Stewart experience a flat tire and pull over to a remote spot. They soon discover an abandoned newborn baby girl inside a hatbox and turn her over to the authorities. While the story of the “Hatbox Baby” becomes a media sensation, the child's family cannot be located, so she is adopted out to a couple, whose identities are kept secret from the public. Over 50 years later, a woman named Sharon Elliott is shocked to learn that she was the mysterious Hatbox Baby. Even though Sharon attempts to uncover the truth about her past and finds some promising leads, she does not receive any conclusive answers about the identity of her family or how she wound up in the desert. Was the discovery of the Hatbox Baby a genuine Christmas miracle, or an elaborate set-up orchestrated to protect someone? For our final Christmas-themed of “The Trail Went Cold”, we will be shying away from violent crime and chronicling a much more unique mystery than usual. Special thanks to listener Jonathan Burroughs for providing the opening narration for today’s episode. Also, a big thanks to Esther Gamez for providing us with another terrific piece of cover art for this episode. Be sure to check out Esther’s Facebook and Tumblr pages to see more of her artwork. We would like to thank Sock Club for sponsoring the Trail Went Cold. To earn 15 % off your next order of socks, visit sockclub.com/cold and use the discount code “cold”. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
Dec 20, 2017
The Trail Went Cold – Episode 50 – Kevin Showalter
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Christmas Eve, 1973. New London, Connecticut. While changing a tire, 20-year old Kevin Showalter is struck by a passing vehicle and killed in a hit-and-run. When the local police botch the investigation and make no effort to solve the case, Kevin’s mother is forced to fight for answers on her own. Years later, a grand jury investigation is launched and the town’s former mayor is named as the probable driver of the vehicle. However, further complications ensue when another man comes forward and confesses to the crime, creating debate about who was actually responsible for Kevin’s death. This week’s episode of “The Trail Went Cold” will be examining what is perhaps the most extensive and controversial hit-and-run case in the history of the United States, which has still not found a conclusive resolution after four decades. We would like to thank Sock Club for sponsoring the Trail Went Cold. To earn 15 % off your next order of socks, visit sockclub.com/cold and use the discount code “cold”. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
Dec 13, 2017
The Trail Went Cold – Episode 49 – Donna Branion
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December 22, 1967. Chicago, Illinois. After leaving work and picking up his son from school, Dr. John Branion, a prominent African-American physician who treated Martin Luther King Jr., returns home to discover that his wife, Donna Branion, has been shot to death. Police become suspicious of Dr. Branion’s behaviour and eventually charge him with the murder after discovering that the likely murder weapon, a Walther PPK, and four shells are missing from his home. Even though Branion appears to have a solid alibi and his defense team argues there was not enough time for him to commit the crime, he is found guilty at trial. While free on bond to appeal the verdict, Branion flees the country, but is recaptured years later and dies in 1990. However, questions remain about the validity of the original conviction. Was Donna Branion actually murdered by her husband? Was an innocent man wrongfully convicted? Or is the real answer a lot more complex? This week’s episode of “The Trail Went Cold” examines a very controversial murder case which is still debated 50 years later. We would like to thank Sock Club for sponsoring the Trail Went Cold. To earn 15 % off your next order of socks, visit sockclub.com/cold and use the discount code “cold”. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
Dec 06, 2017
The Trail Went Cold – Episode 48 – The Yuba County Five
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February 24, 1978. Chico, California. After embarking on a road trip to attend a basketball game, five mentally disabled young men - 24-year old Jackie Huett, 29-year old Bill Sterling, 30-year old Jack Madruga, 32-year old Ted Weiher, and 25-year old Gary Mathias - begin the 50-mile drive back to their homes in Yuba County, but never arrive. Four days later, their abandoned car is found in some snow on an isolated mountain road, but the five men, a.k.a. “The Yuba County Five”, have gone missing. After the spring thaw hits, the remains of four of the victims are discovered at different locations throughout the area, but Gary Mathias is never found. While the cause of death is determined to be exposure, there are many unanswered questions. Why did they drive over 35 miles off the highway to such an isolated location? What prompted them to abandon their vehicle? Did an eyewitness see other people with the five men on the road that night? This week’s episode about the Yuba County Five is one of the most bizarre mysteries we’ve ever covered, and is considered by some to be an American version of the infamous Dyatlov Pass incident. Special thanks to the Unresolved Mysteries subrebbit for bringing this story out into the open. We would like to thank Sock Club for sponsoring the Trail Went Cold. To earn 15 % off your next order of socks, visit sockclub.com/cold and use the discount code “cold”. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
Nov 29, 2017
The Trail Went Cold – Episode 47 – Karyn Kupcinet
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November 30, 1963. West Hollywood, California. After not being heard from for over two days, the nude body of 22-year actress Karyn Kupcinet is discovered on the couch inside her apartment. Her death is initially suspected of being a drug overdose, but when the coroner discovers a broken hyoid bone in Karyn’s throat, he rules that she was a victim of strangulation. Years later, Karyn’s death is unexpectedly linked to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy with allegations that she was murdered because she attempted to make an anonymous phone call and prevent the assassination minutes before it happened. Was Karyn Kupcinet a victim of foul play or was her death simply the result of a tragic accident? In this week’s episode of “The Trail Went Cold”, we explore a case which is one of Hollywood’s most baffling unsolved mysteries and the source of an unlikely conspiracy theory surrounding the Kennedy assassination. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
Nov 22, 2017
The Trail Went Cold – Minisode 32 – Sarah Fox
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May 19, 2004. New York City. After leaving her apartment, 21-year old Julliard student Sarah Fox does not return and is found strangled to death in a wooded area at Inwood Hill Park six days later. Her nude body is posed in a ritualistic fashion and surrounded by two dozen tulip petals. A suspect named Dimitry Sheinman eventually pops up on the radar and claims that he had visions of the murder. As the years pass by, Sheinman starts claiming that Sarah is communicating with him from beyond the grave, but no evidence connects him to the crime. Did Dimitry Sheinman actually murder Sarah Fox, or is he nothing more than an attention-seeking glory hound? We attempt to answer that question on what will be our last official minisode of “The Trail Went Cold”. Thanks to Winc for supporting our podcast. Get $22 and free shipping on your first order of wine at http://trywinc.com/cold. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
Nov 15, 2017
The Trail Went Cold – Episode 46 – Tommy Burkett
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December 1, 1991. Herndon, Virginia. The parents of 21-year old Tommy Burkett return home to find him dead in his bedroom, the apparent victim of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. When the authorities arrive, Tommy’s parents are immediately taken aback by their suspicious behaviour and notice strange discrepancies to make them believe their son did not commit suicide. Upon further investigation, they find evidence to suggest Tommy might have been murdered for doing undercover work with the Drug Enforcement Administration on his university campus and that a massive cover-up surrounds his death. Did Tommy Burkett actually take his own life, or did many people conspire to have him killed? On this week’s episode of “The Trail Went Cold”, we tackle one of the most suspicious suicide cases you’ll ever come across. Special thanks to listener Eve Davis for providing the opening narration for today’s episode. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
Nov 08, 2017
The Trail Went Cold – Bonus Episode – Interview With Scott Reeder: Suspect Convictions Season 2
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June 15, 1998. Bloomington, Illinois. Three-year old Christina McNeil is discovered dead inside her bedroom and small cuts can be found in her window screen. The investigation soon focuses on Christina’s father, Barton McNeil, who is eventually convicted of his daughter’s murder and receives a life sentence. However, Barton continually maintains his innocence and points the finger at another suspect, who winds up going to prison for another brutal murder years later. This controversial case is the subject of the second season of the true crime podcast, “Suspect Convictions”. The podcast is produced by veteran investigative journalist Scott Reeder, who appeared on “The Trail Went Cold” earlier this year to discuss the first season, and has joined us again to talk to us about this new season of “Suspect Convictions”. Click here to visit the "Suspect Convictions" website and download the podcast. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
Nov 06, 2017
The Trail Went Cold – Minisode 31 – Henry McCabe
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September 7, 2015. Fridley, Minnesota. After spending the evening at a nightclub, 32-year old Henry McCabe is dropped off at a gas station by an acquaintance sometime after 2:00 AM. Shortly thereafter, Henry’s wife receives a phone call in which he sounds like he’s moaning in pain and claiming he’s been shot, and she winds up recording an odd voicemail containing unexplained growling noises. Henry’s body is found in Rush Lake nearly two months later and since there are no noticeable signs of foul play, the cause of death is determined to be drowning. But how did Henry wind up in the lake, and what was going on during his bizarre phone call? In this week’s minisode of “The Trail Went Cold”, we cover a truly baffling unexplained death based around one of the strangest voicemails you’ll ever hear. Thanks to HelloFresh for supporting our podcast. Go to www.HelloFresh.com and use the code cold30 to get $30 off your first week of deliveries. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
Nov 01, 2017
The Trail Went Cold – Bonus Episode – Enormous Stories 2017 Halloween Special
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Happy Halloween, everyone! As a special piece of bonus content this month, "The Trail Went Cold" has participated in a joint collaboration with over a dozen podcasters in which each of us share our own scary Halloween-themed story. Hosted by Tyler from The Minds of Madness, the end result is the spookiest Halloween podcast episode you've ever heard. Contributing Podcasts: Creepy Fairy Tales for Unwanted Children The Murder Road Trip Podcast Evil Podcast The Trail Went Cold American Crimecast 36 Times Moms & Murder True Crime Island Cold Case Notes There Might Be Cupcakes Bless This Mess The Mad Scientist Podcast The Minds Of Madness Music Credits: Kevin McLeod - Nightmare Machine Kevin McLeod - Classic Horror 1 Kevin McLeod - Intrepid Kevin McLeod - Devastation and Revenge Kevin McLeod - Evening of Chaos Kevin McLeod - Unnatural Situation Kevin McLeod - Private Reflection Kevin McLeod - The House of Leaves Kevin McLeod - Unpromised Kevin McLeod - Private Reflection Kevin McLeod - Vanishing Kevin McLeod - Impromptu in Blue Kevin McLeod - Tenebrous Brothers Carnival - Intermission Kevin McLeod - Thunder Dreams Kevin McLeod - Blue Sizzle Kevin McLeod - The Dread Kevin McLeod - Unrelenting Kevin McLeod - Arcadia Kevin McLeod - Ghostpocalypse - 6 Crossing the Threshold Kevin McLeod - Long Note Four Kevin McLeod - Pop Goes the Weasel Kevin McLeod - Dark Walk Kevin McLeod - Tenebrous Brothers Carnival - Mermaid Kevin McLeod - Darkest Child Kevin McLeod - Night Break Kevin McLeod - Crypto Kevin McLeod - Come Play with Me Kevin McLeod - Quinns Song-First Night Kevin McLeod - Mirage Kevin McLeod - Lightless Dawn Kevin McLeod - Unseen Horrors Kevin McLeod - Bump in the Night Kevin McLeod - Chase Pulse Faster Kevin McLeod - Classic Horror 3 Kevin McLeod - Malicious Kevin McLeod - Bent and Broken Kevin McLeod - Gloom Horizon Kevin McLeod - Ice Demon Kevin McLeod - Blue Sizzle Kevin McLeod - Chase Pulse Faster Kevin McLeod - Quinn's Song: First Night Kevin McLeod - Seven March Kevin McLeod - Killers Aesis - Black Angel Surrain - Fade Paolo MessereKiddycar - You Save Me From Understanding More All music is used under an Attribution License - https://creativecommons.org/licenses/
Oct 31, 2017
The Trail Went Cold – Episode 45 – Frederick Valentich
50:18
October 21, 1978. Cape Otway, Australia. After leaving on a seemingly routine training flight in a Cessna 182 aircraft, 20-year old pilot Frederick Valentich vanishes without explanation over Bass Strait. During a radio transmission, Valentich describes seeing an unidentified flying object and his final words are: “It’s hovering and it’s not an aircraft”. When eyewitnesses report seeing strange things in the sky that night, speculation mounts that Valentich’s disappearance might have been the result of an alien encounter. For our final Halloween-themed episode of “The Trail Went Cold” this month, we will be covering our very first story involving potential UFO involvement and explore whether this caused a pilot to vanish forever. Special thanks to Cambo, host of the True Crime Island podcast for providing the voice of Frederick Valentich in this episode. Thanks to Winc for supporting our podcast. Get $22 and free shipping on your first order of wine at http://trywinc.com/cold. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
Oct 25, 2017
The Trail Went Cold – Minisode 30 – Brandon Swanson
36:51
May 14, 2008. Marshall, Minnesota. The parents of 19-year old Brandon Swanson receive a late-night phone call from their son, who claims that his car has become stuck in a ditch in the middle of nowhere. The Swansons leave to go pick Brandon up, but have trouble finding him. At one point, Brandon’s father hears him shout a swear word over the phone before the call abruptly cuts off, and there is no answer to repeated attempts to phone him back. Even though his abandoned car is eventually found on a rural road, Brandon himself is never heard from again. What happened to Brandon Swanson, and what could have prompted his final reaction during his final phone call? In our latest Halloween-themed extended minisode of “The Trail Went Cold”, we tackle one of the scariest, most baffling missing persons cases of the past decade. Special thanks to Joe from Thinking Sideways Podcast for popping in to share a theory. Be sure to check out their episode about this case. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
Oct 18, 2017
The Trail Went Cold – Episode 44 – Joel Lovelien
36:36
October 27, 2007. Grand Forks, North Dakota. 38-year old Joel Lovelien and his fiancée attend a Halloween party at a local bar. When Joel takes a moment to step outside, he is beaten to death in the parking lot. The investigation leads to a suspect named Travis Stay, who was so intoxicated that night that he cannot even remember what happened. Travis goes on trial for Joel’s murder, but his defence team manages to generate reasonable doubt by diverting attention towards a group of costumed suspects from a party bus. Did Travis Stay commit this crime or have others managed to get away with it? We look at both sides of this case in another Halloween-themed episode of “The Trail Went Cold”. Special thanks to listener Scott Owings for providing the opening narration for today's episode. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
Oct 11, 2017
The Trail Went Cold – Minisode 29 – Chaim Weiss
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October 31, 1986. Long Beach, New York. Chaim Weiss, a 15-year old Orthodox Jewish rabbinical student, returns to his dormitory after attending Shabbat services at his yeshiva high school. The following morning, Chaim’s body is found on his dorm room floor. At some point during the night, an unknown individual entered his room and brutally murdered him while he slept. Police conduct an extensive investigation and interview students and faculty members from the yeshiva, but are unable to uncover a solid suspect or any discernible motive for Chaim’s murder. We examine a very perplexing cold case on this month’s first Halloween-themed minisode of “The Trail Went Cold”. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
Oct 04, 2017
The Trail Went Cold – Episode 43 – Joan Risch
40:53
October 24, 1961. Lincoln, Massachusetts. 30-year old housewife and mother Joan Risch vanishes from her home and the evidence at the scene suggests a violent abduction. Witnesses report seeing a bloody, disoriented woman matching Joan’s description walking down the road that day, but this woman is never found. Over one year later, evidence is uncovered to suggest Joan might have decided to stage her own disappearance. Was Joan Risch abducted, did she disappear voluntarily, or is there an altogether different explanation for what happened? We shall explore all the different angles of one of our most baffling and requested cases on this week’s episode of “The Trail Went Cold”. Thanks to Winc for supporting our podcast. Get $22 and free shipping on your first order of wine at http://trywinc.com/cold. Please take a moment to complete a listener survey on behalf of our sponsors. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
Sep 27, 2017
The Trail Went Cold – Minisode 28 – Michael and Chucky Palmer
23:52
June 4, 1999. Wasilla, Alaska. While spending the night at a friend’s house, 15-year old Michael Palmer slips out to attend a graduation party. While biking home with friends, Michael vanishes without a trace, but his bicycle and sneakers are soon discovered at separate locations. In April 2010, Michael’s older brother, Chucky, disappears while riding a snow machine in the Talkeetna Mountains. Even though his snow machine is recovered, Chucky himself is never found. This week’s minisode of “The Trail Went Cold” is one of the most tragic stories we’ve ever covered, as two brothers from the same family go missing under mysterious circumstances over a decade apart. Thanks to HelloFresh for supporting our podcast. Go to www.HelloFresh.com and use the code cold30 to get $30 off your first week of deliveries. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
Sep 20, 2017
The Trail Went Cold – Episode 42 – Su Taraskiewicz
37:48
September 13, 1992. Boston, Massachusetts. While working as the ramp supervisor for Northwest Airlines at Logan International Airport, 27-year old Susan "Su" Taraskiewicz leaves in the middle of her shift to purchase food for her crew. She never returns and is not reported missing by her co-workers before she is found murdered inside the trunk of her car the following morning. One year later, Su’s mother finds her diary and is shocked to read that Su was the victim of non-stop sexual harassment at her workplace. In addition, some of her harassers would be indicted in a credit card theft ring. Could any of these revelations have played a role in Su’s death? Our latest episode of “The Trail Went Cold” has been released to coincide with the 25th anniversary of Su Taraskiewicz’s unsolved murder. Special thanks to listener Casey James for providing the opening narration for today's episode. At her request, we will also briefly discuss the unsolved murder of Donna Hart, which took place on August 8, 1968 in Dolgeville, New York. Thanks to Winc for supporting our podcast. Get $22 and free shipping on your first order of wine at http://trywinc.com/cold. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
Sep 13, 2017
The Trail Went Cold – Minisode 27 – Permon Gilbert
25:32
May 22, 1982. Hamersville, Ohio. 46-year old appliance repairman Permon Gilbert leaves his family’s home to perform some service calls. He never returns and his nude body is found in a ditch the following day. Investigators fail to turn up any strong leads, but numerous theories surround Permon’s murder. Was his death connected to drug trafficking? Was he killed because of his brother’s recent testimony in an organized crime case? Or could his murder have been the result of a secret affair gone wrong? We explore each of these possibilities on our newest minisode of “The Trail Went Cold”. Thanks to HelloFresh for supporting our podcast. Go to www.HelloFresh.com and use the code cold30 to get $30 off your first week of deliveries. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
Sep 06, 2017
The Trail Went Cold – Episode 41 – Mary Agnes Moroney
38:04
May 15, 1930. Chicago, Illinois. After a newspaper ad seeks assistance for the poverty-stricken family of two-year old Mary Agnes Moroney, a woman calling herself Julia Otis shows up at their home to help. She offers to take Mary Agnes shopping to buy her new clothes, but they never return. 22 years later, a woman named Mary McClelland comes forward after suspecting she might be Mary Agnes and experts conclude that she is probably the missing child. However, after Mary McClelland passes away in 2005, DNA testing shows no genetic connection between her and the Moroney family. So what happened to the real Mary Agnes Moroney? This week’s episode of “The Trail Went Cold” features the oldest cold case we’ve ever covered, which has gone from solved to unsolved again over the course of several decades. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
Aug 30, 2017
The Trail Went Cold – Minisode 26 – Elaine Johnson
21:35
November 30, 1990. Parma, Ohio. 41-year old Elaine Johnson vanishes without explanation from her apartment complex. She leaves behind her car and wallet, along with clothes in the laundry room dryer, and is officially reported missing three days later. A series of strange cryptic notes are found in Elaine’s apartment, leading to much speculation about her mental state at the time she went missing. However, suspicion also mounts against Elaine’s boyfriend, who changes his story about the last time he saw her. Did Elaine Johnson disappear voluntarily or did she meet with foul play? We explore each possible scenario on this week’s minisode of “The Trail Went Cold”. Special thanks to Elaine’s daughter, Jodi, whose Facebook page, “Missing Person Elaine Benich Johnson”, is the source for much of the information on this minisode. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
Aug 23, 2017
The Trail Went Cold – Episode 40 – William L. Toomey
45:56
December 4, 1982. Boise, Idaho. A stranger enters the Sacred Heart Catholic Church and takes his own life by swallowing a cyanide capsule. He carries a suicide note signed “William L. Toomey”, but this turns out to be a false name and the man is never identified. Years later, investigators explore a theory that Toomey’s suicide might be connected to the murders of two Catholic priests, Father Patrick Ryan and Father Benjamin Carrier. To further complicate matters, a suspect was arrested for Father Ryan’s murder only weeks before Toomey’s death, even though the evidence strongly suggested he was innocent of the crime. Who was the mysterious “William L. Toomey” and what compelled him to take his own life? This week’s episode of “The Trail Went Cold” is a very deep rabbit hole which explores multiple cold cases involving the Catholic Church and the possibility that they are related. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
Aug 16, 2017
The Trail Went Cold – Minisode 25 – Angela Hammond
27:18
April 4, 1991. Clinton, Missouri. While driving home, 20-year old Angela Hammond stops at a phone booth to call her fiancee, Rob Shafer, and describes a suspicious-looking man in a pickup truck in the parking lot. Rob suddenly hears Angela scream and drives into town to check on her. He passes by a pick-up truck and sees Angela struggling with an unidentified man, but after attempting a pursuit, the transmission on Rob’s truck gives out and this is the last anyone ever sees of Angela. But who was Angela Hammond’s kidnapper and could this person have been responsible for other unsolved crimes which took place in the area during this time period? On this week’s minisode of “The Trail Went Cold”, we chronicle one of the most terrifying unsolved abductions you’ll ever hear about. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
Aug 09, 2017
The Trail Went Cold – Episode 39 – Latricia White, Dub Wackerhagen, and Chance Wackerhagen
36:29
December 27, 1993. Lockhart, Texas. The body of 38-year old Latricia White is discovered in her bed after having been shot six times. Latricia’s live-in boyfriend, Lee “Dub” Wackerhagen, has vanished from their home, alongside his nine-year son, Chance. Three days later, Dub’s abandoned pick-up truck is discovered, containing many of his personal items and blood which does not belong to Latricia. Since Dub was known for having a volatile temper, he becomes the prime suspect in the murder and a warrant is issued for his arrest. However, over two decades later, the authorities announce that new evidence suggests Latricia, Dub and Chance were all victims of foul play. But who could have been responsible? Today’s episode of “The Trail Went Cold” examines a baffling unsolved case which was voted on by our listeners in a Facebook poll. Also, please check out the Charley Project profile pages for Lee “Dub” Wackerhagen and Chance Wackerhagen for more information. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
Aug 02, 2017
The Trail Went Cold – Minisode 24 – The Truth Fellowship
24:18
July 13, 2007. Nannup, Australia. 27-year old Chantelle McDougall lives with her six-year old daughter, Leela, Leela’s 45-year old father, Simon Kadwell, and their 40-year old friend, Tony Popic. Chantelle tells her parents that they are all taking a trip to Brazil together, but the group never returns and no paper trail can be found to suggest they left the country. It turns out that Simon Kadwell has been living under a stolen identity for years and is the leader of a doomsday cult called The Truth Fellowship. Did Simon convince his family to disappear with him in order to prepare for an impending apocalypse… or could something far more sinister have happened? This week’s minisode of “The Trail Went Cold” chronicles the story of a bizarre cult and four people who seemingly vanished into thin air. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
Jul 26, 2017
The Trail Went Cold – Episode 38 – Mary Shotwell Little
47:38
October 14, 1965. Atlanta, Georgia. After having dinner with a friend, 25-year old bank secretary Mary Shotwell Little vanishes without explanation. The following day, her abandoned vehicle is discovered with traces of blood and Mary’s neatly folded undergarments inside. Mary’s gasoline card is also used at two separate service stations in North Carolina by a woman matching her description and two unidentified male companions. The case would contain a number of bizarre developments, including an odd kidnapping story from a prison inmate, allegations of a scandal at Mary’s workplace, and the subsequent unsolved murder of the woman who took over Mary’s job. Was Mary Shotwell Little abducted and murdered… or could she have actually staged her own disappearance? This week’s episode of “The Trail Went Cold” is undoubtedly one of the strangest, most convoluted missing persons cases we’ve ever covered. This episode also contains a promo for "The Fall Line", a new investigative true crime podcast on the disappearances of Jeannette and Dannette Milbrook. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
Jul 19, 2017
The Trail Went Cold – Minisode 23 – Alan Jeal
25:05
February 25, 2014. Perranporth, England. The nude body of an unidentified male is discovered after washing up on Perranporth Beach. The victim has a sock stuffed in his mouth, which has been tied in place by headphones. He is soon identified as Alan Jeal, a 64-year old loner from the town of Wadebridge. Investigators use CCTV footage to track Alan’s movements on the night before he was found and learn that he travelled to two other nearby towns before he went to Perranporth. The footage opens up a lot of perplexing questions, but no answers about how Alan wound up dead. Did Alan commit a very bizarre suicide or was he a victim of foul play? We look at both angles on this week’s minisode of “The Trail Went Cold”. Special thanks to Casper for supporting our podcast. In order to save $50 on a mattress, please visit http://www.casper.com/cold and enter the promo code “cold”. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
Jul 12, 2017
The Trail Went Cold – Episode 37 – L’Enfant
41:33
July 1, 1974. Beirut, Lebanon. Bashir Kouchacji is kidnapped by a group of unidentified men who spend the next five days interrogating and torturing him for reasons he doesn’t understand. Nine years later, after Bashir has moved to Washington, D.C. and become a successful restaurateur, he finds himself being tormented by a non-stop series of threatening phone calls from a mysterious figure known only as “L’Enfant”. The calls continue for an entire decade and take a toll on Bashir’s mental health, but even after they come to an end, there are still no answers about why they happened. Who was “L’Enfant” and were the phone calls somehow connected to Bashir’s unexplained kidnapping ordeal in Beirut? This week’s episode of “The Trail Went Cold” might be the most bizarre story we’ve ever featured, as it covers one of the relentless harassment campaigns imaginable. Thanks to HelloFresh for supporting our podcast. Go to www.HelloFresh.com and use the code cold30 to get $30 off your first week of deliveries. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
Jul 05, 2017
The Trail Went Cold – Minisode 22 – Paige Renkoski and Danielle Stislicki
23:47
May 24, 1990. Livingston County, Michigan. After dropping her mother off at Detroit Metropolitan Airport and spending the afternoon with a friend, 30-year old Paige Renkoski starts driving home. That evening, her abandoned vehicle is discovered with the engine running on the shoulder of Interstate 96, but Paige has vanished without a trace. Before she went missing, witnesses recalled seeing Paige speak with a man outside her vehicle at that location, but he is never identified and Paige is never found. In addition to Paige Renkoski’s story, this week’s minisode of “The Trail Went Cold” will also be covering the recent unsolved disappearance of 28-year old Danielle Stislicki, who vanished after leaving her workplace on December 2, 2016. Her Jeep was later found parked outside her apartment in Farmington Hills, Michigan. For more details about this case, please visit the website, finddani.org, and if you have any information, contact the Farmington Hills Police Department at 248-871-2610. Be sure to check out Nina Innsted’s episode about Dani’s disappearance on the “Already Gone” podcast. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
Jun 28, 2017
The Trail Went Cold – Episode 36 – Clarence and Geneva Roberts
38:54
November 18, 1970. Nashville, Indiana. A barn located on the property of 52-year old Clarence Roberts burns to the ground and a charred body is found in the rubble. Clarence’s family assume the body is him, but since he was experiencing serious financial problems at the time, the authorities suspect that Clarence faked his own death, so that his wife, Geneva, could collect on some substantial life insurance policies. Ten years later, Geneva Roberts is killed in a mysterious house fire… alongside a man who is identified as her supposedly deceased husband, Clarence! But what caused the couple’s deaths and whose body was burned in 1970? This week’s episode of “The Trail Went Cold” chronicles the incredibly bizarre tale of a man who supposedly died in two different fires ten years apart. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
Jun 21, 2017
The Trail Went Cold – Minisode 21 – Maoma Ridings
23:53
August 29, 1943. Indianapolis, Indiana. 33-year old Maoma Ridings is serving as a corporal in the Women’s Army Corps at Camp Atterbury and checks into a room at the Claypool Hotel. Later that evening, Corporal Ridings is found murdered on her bed. She has been beaten and slashed with a whiskey bottle and is nude from the waist down. Less than two hours earlier, a bellboy had seen a woman dressed in black inside Ridings’ room. Who was this mysterious woman in black and was she responsible for Ridings’ murder? This week, “The Trail Went Cold” tackles an unsolved World War II-era murder of a servicewoman who once worked as a physical therapist for Franklin D. Roosevelt. A huge thank you to Audible for supporting our podcast. To thank you for your support, we'd like to invite you to get a free audiobook with a free 30 day trial at audible.com/cold. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
Jun 14, 2017
The Trail Went Cold – Episode 35 – Cindy Anderson
39:50
August 4, 1981. Toledo, Ohio. 20-year old Cindy Anderson shows up for her job as a legal secretary at a law firm. Later that morning, Cindy’s co-workers arrive at the locked office and are surprised to discover that she has vanished. A romance novel is lying on Cindy’s desk and is open to a page describing a scene where a woman is abducted. This would only be one of many bizarre clues in a missing persons case which includes some haunting graffiti, a pair of chilling anonymous phone calls describing Cindy’s abduction, and a drug trafficking ring involving one of the lawyers at the firm. In this week’s episode of “The Trail Went Cold”, we chronicle the baffling unsolved disappearance of Cindy Anderson. Thanks to HelloFresh for supporting our podcast. Go to www.HelloFresh.com and use the code cold30 to get $30 off your first week of deliveries. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
Jun 07, 2017
The Trail Went Cold – Minisode 20 – Leigh Occhi
27:18
August 27, 1992. Tupelo, Mississippi. While Hurricane Andrew moves over the area, 13-year old Leigh Occhi is left home alone for the day by her mother, Vickie Felton. When Vickie fails to reach her daughter from work, she rushes home to discover that Leigh is missing and the presence of blood in the house suggests foul play. Weeks later, Vickie is mailed an envelope containing Leigh’s glasses. Was Leigh abducted and murdered by an unknown intruder… or could her own mother have been responsible for her disappearance and fabricated an elaborate cover story? In this week’s minisode of “The Trail Went Cold”, we analyze a very disturbing and bizarre missing persons case. Listeners attending CrimeCon 2017 from June 9th-11th at the JW Marriott in Indianapolis can receive a 20% discount on their ticket purchase by using the code “TTWC20” Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
May 31, 2017
The Trail Went Cold – Episode 34 – Dickie Hovey and Eric Jones
35:59
December 17, 1967. The skeletal remains of an unidentified male are found in Balsam Lake Provincial Park near Coboconk, Ontario, Canada. Five months later, the decomposing body of another unidentified male is discovered in a field near the village of Schomberg, and the similarities between the two scenes suggest that both victims were murdered by the same killer. The victims go unidentified for 40 years until clay busts of their heads are constructed and shown on television. They are both eventually recognized and identified by their families as Richard “Dickie” Hovey and Eric Jones. However, the exact circumstances of their murders are still unknown. This week, “The Trail Went Cold” will be venturing back to its native country for an episode about two young men who may have been victims of Canada’s first known serial killer. Listeners attending CrimeCon 2017 from June 9th-11th at the JW Marriott in Indianapolis can receive a 20% discount on their ticket purchase by using the code “TTWC20” Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
May 24, 2017
The Trail Went Cold – Bonus Episode – Pamela Butler Update
12:51
Back in January, we released a minisode about the disappearance of 47-year old Pamela Butler, who vanished from her Washington, D.C. home in February 2009. Even though Pam’s house was covered by security cameras, none of the surveillance footage showed her leaving, but her boyfriend, Jose Rodriguez-Cruz, was seen entering and exiting the home on multiple occasions in the days following her disappearance. On April 8, 2017, Jose was finally arrested and charged with Pam’s murder. Incredibly, it has now been revealed that Jose is also the prime suspect in the unsolved 1989 disappearance of his estranged wife! For the first time, "The Trail Went Cold" is presenting a bonus update minisode about one of the cases featured on our podcast, as we reveal what finally led to Jose Rodriguez-Cruz being charged with Pamela Butler’s murder and some shocking secrets which have emerged about his past. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
May 20, 2017
The Trail Went Cold – Minisode 19 – Penny Bell
23:47
June 6, 1991. Greenford, England. While leaving her family’s home, 43-year old Penny Bell tells a group of builders that she is running late for an appointment. Later that morning, Penny is discovered dead inside her vehicle after being brutally stabbed 50 times. Three days before her death, Penny had withdrawn £8,500 from her bank account without telling anybody, but the money is never recovered and no one uncovers the reason for the mysterious appointment which led to Penny’s death. “The Trail Went Cold” will be travelling back to the United Kingdom for this week’s minisode, as we chronicle one of the country’s most baffling unsolved murders. Listeners attending CrimeCon 2017 from June 9th-11th at the JW Marriott in Indianapolis can receive a 20% discount on their ticket purchase by using the code “TTWC20” Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
May 17, 2017
The Trail Went Cold – Episode 33 – The Orange Sock Murders
43:55
January 6, 1982. Breckenridge, Colorado. After finishing her shift at work, 29-year old Bobbie Oberholtzer phones her husband to say she is going out for drinks with friends. Bobbie never returns home and is found shot to death the following day. Strangely, an orange sock which does not belong to Bobbie is found at the murder scene. Six months later, the body of a 21-year old missing woman named Annette Schnee is found and she is wearing the matching orange sock. This piece of evidence suggests that both victims were murdered on the same night by the same perpetrator at different locations. But who could have been responsible for such a brazen crime, and was there more than one person involved? On this week’s episode of “The Trail Went Cold”, we examine the infamous unsolved case known as the “Orange Sock Murders”. Special thanks to Casper for supporting our podcast. In order to save $50 on a mattress, please visit http://www.casper.com/cold and enter the promo code “cold”. Also, a big thanks to Esther Gamez for providing us with another terrific piece of cover art for this episode. Be sure to check out Esther’s Facebook and Tumblr pages to see more of her artwork. Listeners attending CrimeCon 2017 from June 9th-11th at the JW Marriott in Indianapolis can receive a 20% discount on their ticket purchase by using the code “TTWC20” Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
May 10, 2017
The Trail Went Cold – Minisode 18 – Cleashindra Hall
27:49
May 9, 1994. Pine Bluff, Arkansas. 18-year old Cleashindra Hall phones her mother from her workplace to say she will be working late and might be calling again once her shift ends. Cleashindra never phones back and does not return home. Cleashindra’s boss, Dr. Larry Amos, tells police that an unknown individual picked her up that night, but troubling holes open up in his story and he displays some suspicious behavior. Even after a search is conducted of his home 18 years later, no hard evidence is found to incriminate Amos and the case remains at a standstill. In this week’s minisode of “The Trail Went Cold”, we examine the frustrating unsolved disappearance of Cleashindra Hall, a case which might only need that one crucial piece of evidence to blow it wide open. For more information about this case and the Cleashindra Hall Foundation, please visit this website… http://findcleashindra.blogspot.ca/ Thanks to HelloFresh for supporting our podcast. Go to www.HelloFresh.com and use the code cold30 to get $30 off your first week of deliveries. Listeners attending CrimeCon 2017 from June 9th-11th at the JW Marriott in Indianapolis can receive a 20% discount on their ticket purchase by using the code “TTWC20” Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
May 03, 2017
The Trail Went Cold – Episode 32 – Terri McClure
43:48
January 14, 1983. 62-year old Terri McClure travels from her hometown of Reno, Nevada to attend the wedding of her son, Tim, in Lake Tahoe. After leaving the reception that night, Terri does not return home. Three days later, she is found shot to death inside her vehicle in the parking lot of a Carson City casino. Due to some suspicious behaviour and strange inconsistencies in his story, the investigation soon zeroes in on Tim McClure as the prime suspect. Tim is charged with his mother’s murder in 1992, but the surprising end result only opens up more unanswered questions. Was Terri McClure murdered by her own son or was someone else responsible? This week’s episode of “The Trail Went Cold” analyzes one of the most controversial and heavily discussed cases ever featured on “Unsolved Mysteries”. Listeners attending CrimeCon 2017 from June 9th-11th at the JW Marriott in Indianapolis can receive a 20% discount on their ticket purchase by using the code “TTWC20” Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
Apr 26, 2017
The Trail Went Cold – Minisode 17 – Elizabeth Campbell
20:23
April 25, 1988. Copperas Cove, Texas. After an argument with her boyfriend, 20-year old college student Elizabeth Campbell storms out of his house and receives a ride to a convenience store. After phoning her boyfriend and making an unsuccessful attempt to convince him to pick her up, Elizabeth vanishes without a trace. Over the next few weeks, there would be multiple sightings of a woman resembling Elizabeth in the company of a possessive man, leading to speculation that she was being controlled by a pimp. Was Elizabeth abducted and murdered, or was she actually kept alive and forced into prostitution? We explore both possibilities on this week’s minisode of “The Trail Went Cold”. Listeners attending CrimeCon 2017 from June 9th-11th at the JW Marriott in Indianapolis can receive a 20% discount on their ticket purchase by using the code "TTWC20" Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
Apr 19, 2017
The Trail Went Cold – Episode 31 – Holly Staker
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August 17, 1992. Waukegan, Illinois. While babysitting two children, 11-year old Holly Staker is sexually assaulted and brutally murdered inside their apartment. Two months later, a suspect named Juan Rivera is brought in for questioning and confesses to the murder after four straight days of interrogation. He is subsequently convicted and receives a life sentence, but no physical evidence links Rivera to the crime and the veracity of his confession is called into question. After Rivera serves 19 years in prison, DNA evidence eventually links Holly’s death to another murder… but could another innocent person also be serving time in prison for that particular crime? This week, we present one of our most shocking episodes of “The Trail Went Cold”, which examines a truly egregious wrongful conviction and two brutal murders committed by an unknown perpetrator who has yet to be identified. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
Apr 12, 2017
The Trail Went Cold – Minisode 16 – Ylenia Carrisi
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January 6, 1994. Ylenia Carrisi, the 23-year old daughter of the famous Italian singing duo, Al Bano and Romina Power, and a minor celebrity in her native country, has embarked on a solo trip around the world. Shortly after arriving in New Orleans, Ylenia vanishes without explanation. Her disappearance would generate a few leads, including a suspicious street musician who attempted to use Ylenia’s passport and traveler’s checks, and a witness who may have seen her jump into the Mississippi River. Did Ylenia Carrisi drown, disappear to start a new life, or was she was a victim of foul play? We explore each possibility in this week’s minisode of “The Trail Went Cold”. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
Apr 05, 2017
The Trail Went Cold – Episode 30 – Kurt Sova
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October 23, 1981. Newburgh Heights, Ohio. 17-year old Kurt Sova goes out to spend the evening with friends, but does not return home. When Kurt’s parents go searching for him, they learn that he vanished after getting drunk at a party. Five days after his disappearance, Kurt’s body is discovered in a ravine, but the coroner’s office cannot figure out his exact cause of death and determine that he died only a day or two before he was found. The confusion is heightened by suspicious behavior from the host of the party, an unexplained eyewitness sighting of Kurt, and a mysterious stranger who accurately predicted the discovery of Kurt’s body two days beforehand. By popular demand, this week’s episode of “The Trail Went Cold” will be chronicling one of the most memorable cases ever featured on “Unsolved Mysteries” Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
Mar 29, 2017
The Trail Went Cold – Minisode 15 – Matt Flores
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March 24, 1994. After being honorably discharged from the Army, Matt Flores begins a new job at a computer company called Applied Materials, Inc.. One morning, Matt shows up for a training session at their headquarters in Silicon Valley, but after parking his car, an unknown assailant shoots him in the back of the head. Even though there were more than twenty people in the parking lot and it was covered by security cameras, the killer manages to escape without being seen and the only clue turns out to be surveillance footage of a suspicious-looking Ford Explorer. The investigation fails to uncover anything in Matt’s background to suggest why he was killed. Was Matt deliberately targeted or was he a victim of mistaken identity? Our latest minisode of “The Trail Went Cold” examines a seemingly motiveless murder which is about as close to a perfect crime as you can get. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
Mar 22, 2017
The Trail Went Cold – Episode 29 – Virginia Carpenter
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June 1, 1948. Denton, Texas. 21-year old Virginia Carpenter takes a train trip from her hometown of Texarkana to enrol at the Texas State College for Women. That evening, Virginia is dropped off at her dorm by a cab driver, who claims he last saw her speaking with two unidentified males. Virginia is never seen again and it would be three days before she is reported missing. Over the next several years, there would be numerous twists and turns, including alleged sightings of Virginia and suspicions about her cab driver. It is even theorized that Virginia’s disappearance might be connected to the infamous Texarkana Moonlight Murders, which took place in her hometown two years earlier. In this week’s episode of “The Trail Went Cold”, we chronicle one of the most baffling missing persons cases in the history of Texas. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
Mar 15, 2017
The Trail Went Cold – Minisode 14 – The Patanela
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November 8, 1988. Botany Bay, Australia. A radio operator receives three calls from Ken Jones, the skipper of a steel schooner called the Patanela. The yacht is currently in the midst of a month-long voyage to Airlie Beach, and Ken Jones’ wife, Noreen, and two crew members, John Blissett and Michael Calvin, are also on board. Ken claims the boat has run out of fuel, but after his final radio call is abruptly cut off, there is no more communication from the vessel. When the Patanela fails to arrive at its destination ten days later, a massive search comes up empty, and neither the yacht nor its four passengers are heard from again. There are enough suspicious things about the disappearance to fuel rumors that the boat was hijacked, but aside from a lifebuoy and a message in a bottle from one of the missing crew members, no trace of the Patanela is ever found. This week’s minisode of “The Trail Went Cold” chronicles our very first mystery about a missing boat. A huge thank you to Audible for supporting our podcast. To thank you for your support, we'd like to invite you to get a free audiobook with a free 30 day trial at audible.com/cold. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
Mar 08, 2017
The Trail Went Cold – Episode 28 – Mike Riemer and Diana Robertson
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December 12, 1985. 36-year old Mike Riemer and his 21-year old girlfriend Diana Robertson leave their home in Puyallup, Washington to take their two-year old daughter, Crystal, out for a day in the woods to get a Christmas tree. That afternoon, Crystal is discovered wandering alone outside a Kmart, but is unable to tell anyone where her parents are. Two months later, Diana is found murdered outside Mike’s truck on a remote logging road with a tube sock tied around her neck, but Mike himself has gone missing. Police begin to suspect that Mike killed Diana and could have been responsible for the murders of another couple from the area. In that case, a tube sock was also tied around the female victim’s neck. In 2011, a skull fragment belonging to Mike is found a mile away from where Diana was killed. Did Mike commit these murders, drop off his daughter, and return to the scene to commit suicide? Or was an unknown serial killer responsible for the deaths of all four of these victims? We attempt to answer these perplexing questions in this week’s episode of “The Trail Went Cold”. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
Mar 01, 2017
The Trail Went Cold – Minisode 13 – Brooke Henson
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July 4, 1999. Travelers Rest, South Carolina. The parents of 20-year old Brooke Henson return home to find her sitting on the front porch at 2:00 AM. Brooke tells them she is going to walk to a nearby store to buy cigarettes, but she does not return home and is never heard from again. Years later, investigators are shocked to discover that Brooke is registered for classes at Columbia University in New York because a con artist named Esther Reed has stolen her identity. In spite of this revelation, Brooke’s disappearance continues to remain unsolved, but we will attempt to figure out what really happened to her on this week’s minisode of “The Trail Went Cold”. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
Feb 22, 2017
The Trail Went Cold – Episode 27 – David Bacon
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September 12, 1943. Los Angeles, California. David Bacon, a 29-year old actor who has just played the title character in the serial drama “The Masked Marvel”, tells his wife he is planning to go swimming and leaves their home. Later that afternoon, Bacon’s car is seen driving erratically before it jumps a curb and crashes into a bean field. After Bacon stumbles out of the car and dies, a fatal knife wound is discovered in his back. The investigation would uncover numerous clues to suggest Bacon was leading a secret double life, such as a coded diary, a rented apartment and unexplained trips to Venice Beach. However, there would be no answers about who actually murdered him. For our special one-year anniversary show of “The Trail Went Cold”, we shall be examining one of Hollywood`s most baffling unsolved mysteries. A special thanks to one of our listeners, Esther Gamez, for providing the cover art for this episode. Be sure to check out Esther's Facebook and Tumblr pages to see more of her artwork. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
Feb 15, 2017
The Trail Went Cold – Minisode 12 – Dale Kerstetter
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September 12, 1987. Bradford, Pennsylvania. 50-year old Dale Kerstetter shows up to work the overnight shift as a security guard at the Corning Glassworks plant. The following morning, Dale is discovered to be missing and he is never heard from again. A check of the security tape uncovers footage of Dale walking through the plant alongside an unidentified masked intruder and it turns out that $250,000 worth of platinum was stolen that night. The ambiguous nature of the footage causes some debate: was Dale an innocent victim of this masked stranger, or was he actually a willing participant in the theft before he decided to skip town? We shall explore both possibilities, as our latest minisode of “The Trail Went Cold” chronicles a very unique missing persons case. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
Feb 08, 2017
The Trail Went Cold – Episode 26 – Jean Moore
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April 9, 1992. 59-year old Jean Moore and her 70-year old fiancee, Al Henderson, have traveled from their hometown of Apple Valley, California for a vacation in Laughlin, Nevada. On the morning they were planning to return home, Al claims he dropped Jean off at a casino before she vanished without explanation. However, Jean does not show up on the casino’s surveillance footage, which contradicts many aspects of Al’s story. Investigators wonder if Jean even arrived in Laughlin to begin with and suspect her fiancee might be withholding information. Was Al responsible for what happened to Jean? We attempt to answer that question as we examine a baffling spousal disappearance in this week’s episode of “The Trail Went Cold”. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
Feb 01, 2017
The Trail Went Cold – Bonus Episode – Interview With Scott Reeder
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September 17, 1990. Davenport, Iowa. Jennifer Lewis, a nine-year old girl from nearby Rock Island, Illinois, is found murdered on a school playground and her body has been set on fire. A man named Stanley Liggins is soon convicted of the crime, but this would only be the beginning of a very controversial case in which Liggins’ conviction has overturned on two separate occasions. This story is chronicled on a brand new true crime podcast called “Suspect Convictions”, which examines the case from all angles and follows it in real time as Liggins prepares to go on trial for the third time this spring. In this episode, “The Trail Went Cold” is joined for an interview by veteran journalist Scott Reeder, who has covered this case since day one and thought it deserved to be turned into its own podcast. Click here to visit the official “Suspect Convictions” website and download the podcast. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
Jan 30, 2017
The Trail Went Cold – Minisode 11 – Jonelle Matthews
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December 20, 1984. Greeley, Colorado. After singing in a choir at a Christmas performance, 12-year old Jonelle Matthews is dropped off at her family’s house by a friend. When Jonelle’s father returns home later that evening, he is horrified to discover that Jonelle is missing and the evidence suggests she was abducted by an intruder. In spite of an extensive search, Jonelle is never found and investigators fail to uncover any potential suspects in her disappearance. Our newest minisode of “The Trail Went Cold” examines a baffling missing children’s case, as well as its possible connection to an unidentified Jane Doe who was killed in Huntington Beach, California in 1990. Click here to see Jonelle Matthews’ profile page at the Charley Project, and here to see the profile page for the Huntington Beach Jane Doe at the Doe Network. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
Jan 25, 2017
The Trail Went Cold – Episode 25 – Hugues de la Plaza
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June 2, 2007. San Francisco, California. Hugues de la Plaza, a 36-year old sound engineer with dual French and American citizenship, returns to his apartment after spending the evening at a club. When morning hits, Hugues is found stabbed to death. Since a security camera shows no one else heading in the direction of Hugues’ apartment that night, police explore the possibility that Hugues committed suicide and his death is classified as “undetermined”. However, Hugues’ family discover disturbing discrepancies which point to murder, so they are forced to bring in the National Police from France to seek justice for his death. In this week’s episode of “The Trail Went Cold”, we examine a very controversial case which prompted an international police force to take over an American investigation. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
Jan 18, 2017
The Trail Went Cold – Minisode 10 – Pamela Butler
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February 12, 2009. Washington, D.C.. 47-year old Pamela Butler phones her mother to say that she is planning to take her out on Valentine’s Day. Pam never shows up and after not hearing from her for several days, her family checks her house and discovers that she has vanished without explanation. Curiously, even though her home was covered with surveillance cameras, none of the footage shows Pam leaving during the time period she went missing, but her boyfriend can be seen entering and exiting the house on multiple occasions. In spite of this, there is no evidence of foul play or any trace of Pamela Butler. This week’s minisode of “The Trail Went Cold” chronicles a bizarre mystery about a woman who somehow managed to disappear from a locked home which had 24-hour surveillance. Be sure to take part in our Facebook poll to help decide which case we will cover on our one-year anniversary show! Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
Jan 11, 2017
The Trail Went Cold – Episode 24 – Patsy Wright
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October 23, 1987. Arlington, Texas. 43-year old Patsy Wright phones up her sister in the middle of the night to complain that she has become nauseous after taking some NyQuil, but collapses during the call and soon passes away. An autopsy eventually reveals that Patsy was poisoned after strychnine was put in her NyQuil. The investigation would uncover multiple suspects with a motive to murder Patsy, but no evidence to implicate anyone. Our first “Trail Went Cold” episode of 2017 analyzes a real-life whodunit which resembles an Agatha Christie murder mystery. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
Jan 04, 2017
The Trail Went Cold – Minisode 9 – Russell Evans
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June 4, 1989. Spokane, Washington. 13-year old Russell Evans heads home after spending the evening with friends, but is soon found seriously injured in the middle of the road. Russell eventually succumbs to his injuries and the official ruling by police is that he was the victim of a random hit-and-run accident. However, the nature of Russell’s injuries and evidence from the scene do not support a hit-and-run scenario. Russell’s parents come to believe he was attacked and murdered by multiple individuals and that one of his friends is withholding the truth about what happened. “The Trail Went Cold” concludes 2016 with a very important minisode which was personally requested by one of the victim’s relatives. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
Dec 28, 2016
The Trail Went Cold – Episode 23 – The Sodder Children
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Christmas Eve 1945. Fayetteville, West Virginia. George and Jenny Sodder are preparing to celebrate the holidays with nine of their children, but shortly after they go to bed, their home burns completely to the ground. When the smoke clears, five of the Sodder children - whose ages range from five to fourteen years old - are nowhere to be found and a search of the rubble fails to turn up any trace of their remains. Due to a number of suspicious events surrounding the fire, the Sodders begin to suspect their five missing children were the victims of a bizarre kidnapping. Did the Sodder children really die in the fire that night or did they somehow survive and remain hidden from their family for the rest of their lives? And if the children did perish in the fire, who was responsible for starting it? In this week’s special holiday-themed episode of “The Trail Went Cold”, we chronicle one of the most infamous Christmas mysteries of all time. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
Dec 21, 2016
The Trail Went Cold – Minisode 8 – Helen Dymond
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June 28, 1981. Tilden Township, Michigan. After a night of drinking at a local club, 48-year old Helen Dymond and her husband Roy get into an argument in the parking lot. Roy drives home without his wife and Helen decides to walk from the club to her son’s house in order to spend the night. However, Helen never arrives and vanishes without a trace. Unfortunately, potential resolution for this case would be hampered by a faulty police investigation, contradictory stories from eyewitnesses, and the spread of misinformation. Join us for this week’s minisode of “The Trail Went Cold” as we examine the perplexing disappearance of Helen Dymond. Special thanks to Helen`s granddaughters, Holly Letson and April Lawer, whose Facebook page, “The Disappearance of Helen Dymond” is the source of most of the information you’ll hear on this podcast. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
Dec 14, 2016
The Trail Went Cold – Episode 22 – Doreen Picard and Susan Laferte
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February 19, 1982. Woonsocket, Rhode Island. 27-year old Susan Laferte and 22-year old Doreen Picard are both attacked in the basement of their apartment house by an assailant who bludgeons them with a pipe. Doreen is killed and Susan remains in a coma for a month, but when she wakes up, she has no memory of the attack. Ten years later, a suspect named Raymond “Beaver” Tempest is convicted of Doreen’s murder and sentenced to 85 years in prison. However, since the prosecution’s case was fraught with problems, Tempest’s conviction is vacated in 2015 and the state is currently deciding whether or not to retry him. Is Beaver Tempest innocent of this horrific crime, or did they have the right guy all along? In this week’s episode of “The Trail Went Cold”, we examine a very controversial case which has still not reached its final resolution. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
Dec 07, 2016
The Trail Went Cold – Minisode 7 – Deborah Poe
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February 4, 1990. Orlando, Florida. 26-year old Deborah Poe shows up to work the graveyard shift at a Circle K convenience store. At around 4:00 AM, the store is discovered to be empty and Deborah is reported missing. Less than an hour beforehand, a customer had frequented the store, but for unknown reasons, an unidentified man was standing behind the counter and sold her some cigarettes. Did this mysterious man play a role in Deborah Poe’s unsolved disappearance or was someone else responsible? We attempt to answer this perplexing question in this week’s minisode of “The Trail Went Cold”. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
Nov 30, 2016
The Trail Went Cold – Episode 21 – Renee & Andrew MacRae
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November 12, 1976. Inverness, Scotland. 36-year old Renee MacRae and her 3-year old son Andrew leave on a weekend trip, supposedly to visit Renee’s sister. Later that night, their flaming vehicle is discovered at an isolated lay-by next to the A9, but Renee and Andrew have disappeared. In a shocking twist, it turns out that Renee was actually planning to visit Bill MacDowell, a man she’d secretly been having an affair with for years and who also happens to be Andrew’s biological father. While the evidence suggests Renee and Andrew were murdered, their bodies have never been found. Join me for this week’s episode of “The Trail Went Cold” as I examine one of the most famous unsolved mysteries in the history of Scotland. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
Nov 23, 2016
The Trail Went Cold – Minisode 6 – Eva Kay Wenal
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May 1, 2008. Lawrenceville, Georgia. Millionaire real estate developer Hal Wenal returns home to discover that his 60-year old wife, Eva Kay Wenal, has been murdered. The only lead is an eyewitness sighting of a suspicious man in the neighbourhood around the time of Kay’s death. A newspaper soon receives an angry anonymous letter from someone who confesses to killing Kay because she wouldn’t leave her husband. When Hal passes away two years later, his family goes through his belongings and finds photographs of a man who bears a striking resemblance to the murder suspect. However, no one associated with the Wenals has any idea who this guy is. This week’s minisode of “The Trail Went Cold” explores the unsolved murder of Eva Kay Wenal, who may have unknowingly had her killer’s photo stashed away in her home. If you think you recognize the man in this composite sketch or any of these photographs, please contact the Gwinnett County Police tip line at (770) 513-5480. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
Nov 16, 2016
The Trail Went Cold – Episode 20 – Chuck Morgan and Doug Johnston
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June 18, 1977. Tucson, Arizona. After disappearing from his family for eleven days, the body of escrow company owner Charles “Chuck” Morgan is found outside his vehicle in the desert. He has been shot in the back of the head and is carrying a two-dollar bill which appears to have a coded message written on it. Even though Chuck had allegedly survived a kidnapping ordeal three months earlier and there are of lot suspicious things surrounding his death, the official police ruling is suicide. Thirteen years later, a Phoenix man named Doug Johnston is shot to death… but was his murder actually intended for a journalist investigating Chuck Morgan’s case? On this week’s episode of “The Trail Went Cold”, we examine two cases featured on “Unsolved Mysteries” which may be linked together by a frightening conspiracy. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
Nov 09, 2016
The Trail Went Cold – Minisode 5 – Asha Degree
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February 14, 2000. Shelby, North Carolina. The parents of nine-year old Asha Degree wake up to discover that she has vanished from her bedroom. After she is reported missing, witnesses come forward to report having seen Asha walk down the highway earlier that morning. This seems to indicate that she voluntarily left her home in the middle of the night for unknown reasons. Eighteen months later, Asha’s book bag is found buried 26 miles away, but she is still nowhere to be found. In this week’s minisode of “The Trail Went Cold”, I examine one of the most baffling and unusual missing children’s cases of recent memory. Please check out the Charley Project profile page for Asha Degree, which contains her vital statistics, age-progressed photographs, and contact info for the proper authorities should you happen to have any information: http://www.charleyproject.org/cases/d/degree_asha.html Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
Nov 02, 2016
The Trail Went Cold – Episode 19 – Artemus Ogletree
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January 4, 1935. The nude body of a young man named Roland T. Owen is discovered inside Room 1046 of the Hotel President in Kansas City, Missouri. He has been tied up, beaten and stabbed and dies after being taken to the hospital. It turns out that “Roland T. Owen” is not the victim’s real name and after a mysterious anonymous benefactor sends money for his funeral, he is buried without anyone uncovering his true identity or the story behind his murder. Nearly two years later, a woman in Alabama recognizes the victim as her missing son, Artemus Ogletree, but then reveals that she was receiving letters from him months after he was murdered! In this week’s episode of “The Trail Went Cold”, I shall examine the “Mystery of Room 1046”, one of the most bizarre stories we’ve ever featured on this podcast. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
Oct 26, 2016
The Trail Went Cold – Minisode 4 – Donna Lass
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September 6, 1970. South Lake Tahoe, California. 25-year old nurse Donna Lass is nearing the end of her shift at the Sahara Tahoe Hotel-Casino when she vanishes without explanation. Her landlord and boss soon receive phone calls from an unidentified man, who claims that Donna will be absent for awhile because of a family emergency. However, this claim turns out to be false and Donna is never seen again. Months later, the San Francisco Chronicle receives a cryptic postcard which is allegedly sent by the infamous Zodiac killer, who implies that Donna Lass was one of his victims. Was the Zodiac responsible for Donna’s disappearance or was the postcard nothing more than a giant red herring? We attempt to answer that question in this week’s minisode of “The Trail Went Cold”. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
Oct 19, 2016
The Trail Went Cold – Episode 18 – Cindy James
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June 8, 1989. Richmond, British Columbia. Two weeks after she disappeared, the body of 44-year old Cindy James is found in the yard of an abandoned house. Her hands and feet have been tied behind her back and her cause of death is determined to be an overdose. Cindy’s death brings an end to six-and-a-half-years of terror, where she reported nearly one hundred incidents of being stalked, tormented and attacked by an unknown assailant. However, police believe that Cindy was a mentally ill woman who staged all the attacks against herself before committing suicide. Did Cindy concoct an elaborate hoax before taking her own life or was she murdered by her mysterious tormentor? In this week’s episode of “The Trail Went Cold”, I analyze one of Canada’s most baffling and hotly debated unsolved mysteries. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
Oct 12, 2016
The Trail Went Cold – Minisode 3 – Albert Dekker
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May 5, 1968. After not hearing from him for three days, the fiancee of 62-year old character actor Albert Dekker (star of such films as “Dr. Cyclops”, “Kiss Me Deadly” and “The Wild Bunch”) enters his Hollywood apartment. She is horrified to discover him hanging dead inside the bathroom. The bizarre manner in which Dekker is found suggests that he was involved in some sort of sadomasochistic sexual activity when he died. The initial ruling is suicide before it is changed to accidental death via autoerotic asphyxiation, but since a large amount of money and valuables seem to be missing from the apartment, suspicion mounts that Dekker was a victim of foul play. On this week’s minisode of “The Trail Went Cold”, we examine one of the strangest unexplained deaths in Hollywood history. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
Oct 05, 2016
The Trail Went Cold – Episode 17 – The Lady of the Dunes
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July 26, 1974. The nude decomposed body of a young woman is discovered at the Race Point Dunes outside of Provincetown, Massachusetts. The woman has been murdered via blunt force trauma to the head, but carries no identification. In spite of an extensive investigation, police are unable to uncover the identity of the victim or her killer, so she simply becomes known as the “Lady of the Dunes”. Over the years, there are a number of intriguing leads in the case, including a potential connection to a notorious mobster James “Whitey” Bulger, and an alleged sighting of the victim in one of the biggest Hollywood blockbusters of all time. Join me for this week’s episode of “The Trail Went Cold” as I try to figure out the true identity of the “Lady of the Dunes” As a bonus, this episode will also contain a review of the true crime book, “The Blood on My Hands”, an autobiography written by Shannon O’Leary, which is available for purchase at Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Blood-My-Hands-Autobiography/dp/151969587X Also, please check out the Doe Network profile page for the “Lady of the Dunes”, which contains facial reconstructions for the victim, her vital statistics, and contact info for the proper authorities should you happen to know who she is: http://doenetwork.org/cases/119ufma.html Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
Sep 28, 2016
The Trail Went Cold – Minisode 2 – Lynne Schulze
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December 10, 1971. Middlebury, Vermont. 18-year old Middlebury College student Lynne Schulze is scheduled to take one of her final exams. While walking to the exam with her friends, Lynne remembers that she has forgotten her pen and returns to her dorm room to retrieve it. Lynne never shows up for the exam and vanishes without a trace. Four decades later, an unlikely connection is made between this case and one of the most sensational crime stories of the modern era. Was Lynne Schulze’s baffling unsolved disappearance somehow connected to notorious millionaire Robert Durst? We shall try to answer that question on our latest minsode of “The Trail Went Cold”. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
Sep 21, 2016
The Trail Went Cold – Episode 16 – Tommy Zeigler (Part 2)
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Christmas Eve 1975. Winter Garden, Florida. Police respond to call for help at the W.T. Zeigler Furniture Store and find one of the store’s owners, 30-year old Tommy Zeigler, bleeding from a gunshot wound to the abdomen. Inside, they discover that four people have been murdered: Tommy’s wife, Eunice Zeigler; her parents, Perry and Virginia Edwards; and a customer named Charlie Mays. Tommy claims he was attacked and shot by unknown intruders, but authorities believe Tommy committed the murders himself and that his gunshot wound is self-inflicted. Months later, he is put on trial and sentenced to death. In Part 1 of this convoluted story, we chronicled this horrific crime and Tommy Zeigler’s trial. Now, in Part 2, we shall examine the many shocking developments from the past four decades which have cast doubt on the conviction. Did Tommy Zeigler actually commit these murders or has an innocent man spent 40 years on death row? For this episode, we have consulted with Tommy’s full time pro bono private investigator, Lynn-Marie Carty, who has spent the past five-and-a-half years uncovering new evidence in her attempts to get Tommy out of prison. Be sure to check out her website about the case, "Tommy Zeigler is Innocent", along with her personal website about her investigation services, "Reunite People". We thank Lynn-Marie for her assistance at helping us put together our most extensive episode of “The Trail Went Cold”. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
Sep 14, 2016
The Trail Went Cold – Minisode 1 – The Blind River Rest Stop Murders
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June 28, 1991. An elderly couple named Gord and Jackie McAllister drive their motor home into an isolated rest stop near Blind River, Ontario, in order to spend the night. They are awakened by an armed man, who robs them before shooting Jackie to death and wounding Gord. When a motorist named Brian Major pulls into the rest stop, the suspect fatally shoots him as well before fleeing the scene. Years later, a former Blind River resident is tied to two unsolved murders from 1970 and becomes a potential suspect in the rest stop killings. This terrifying case was featured on "Unsolved Mysteries" and is our first Canadian story. Join us for the very first minisode of "The Trail Went Cold". Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
Sep 07, 2016
The Trail Went Cold – Episode 15 – Tommy Zeigler (Part 1)
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Christmas Eve 1975. Winter Garden, Florida. Police respond to call for help at the W.T. Zeigler Furniture Store and find one of the store’s owners, 30-year old Tommy Zeigler, bleeding from a gunshot wound to the abdomen. Inside, they discover that four people have been murdered: Tommy’s wife, Eunice Zeigler; her parents, Perry and Virginia Edwards; and a customer named Charlie Mays. Tommy claims he was attacked and shot by unknown intruders, but authorities believe Tommy committed the murders himself and that his gunshot wound is self-inflicted. Months later, he is put on trial and sentenced to death. However, the prosecution’s case was shaky at best and over the years, evidence has emerged to cast doubt on the conviction. Tommy Zeigler has remained on death row for over 40 years, but has never stopped maintaining his innocence and his supporters continue to fight to get him released. This is undoubtedly the most convoluted case “The Trail Went Cold” has ever profiled, so we will be making this a two-part episode. This week, Part 1 will chronicle the incredible series of events surrounding this horrific crime and the controversial trial of Tommy Zeigler. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
Aug 31, 2016
The Trail Went Cold – Episode 14 – Edward Maps
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January 21, 1962. Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania. Authorities arrive at the burning home of Edward Maps to discover that his wife, Christine, has been bludgeoned to death and their four-month old daughter, Julie Louise, has died of smoke inhalation. Edward Maps himself has disappeared and a warrant is issued for his arrest. Maps is soon placed on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list, but to this day, he has never been found. However, over the years, allegations have surfaced that another suspect might have been the real perpetrator and disposed of Maps’ body to frame him for the crime. Did Edward Maps get away with the murder of his family or was he actually an innocent victim all along? On this week’s episode of “The Trail Went Cold”, I analyze one of the most baffling wanted fugitive cases ever. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.  
Aug 17, 2016
The Trail Went Cold – Episode 13 – Father Rivera and Father Kerrigan
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August 7, 1982. Santa Fe, New Mexico. A Catholic priest named Father Reynaldo Rivera receives a phone call from a man asking him to administer last rites to a dying relative. After leaving to meet this man at a rest stop, Father Rivera disappears and is soon found murdered. Two years later, another Catholic priest named Father John Kerrigan disappears from the community of Ronan, Montana and though his body is never found, the evidence suggests he was also murdered. There are enough similarities between the two crimes that investigators start wondering if they might be connected and committed by a serial killer targeting Catholic priests. However, allegations have surfaced to suggest that one of the priests may have been harboring dark secrets which contributed to his death. I will be analyzing two unsolved cases on this week’s episode of “The Trail Went Cold”, as I attempt to figure out what happened to both Father Rivera and Father Kerrigan. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
Aug 03, 2016
The Trail Went Cold – Episode 12 – The Millbrook Twins
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March 18, 1990. Augusta, Georgia. Fifteen-year old twin sisters, Jeannette and Dannette Millbrook, are heading back to their family’s apartment when they decide to stop off at a gas station to buy some food. After leaving the store, the twins never return home and vanish without a trace. Over the next two decades, the twins’ family would be trapped in a trapped in bureaucratic nightmare, as law enforcement would inexplicably close the case without informing them. The disappearance would not receive a proper investigation or any media coverage for 23 years! This week’s episode of The Trail Went Cold is our most important one yet, as we were personally contacted by Jeannette and Dannette’s half-sister, Shanta Sturgis, who asked us to cover their story. Please check out the Charley Project profile pages for Jeannette and Dannette Millbrook, which contain their vital statistics, age-progressed photographs, and contact info for the proper authorities should you happen to have any information: http://www.charleyproject.org/cases/m/millbrook_jeannette.html http://www.charleyproject.org/cases/m/millbrook_dannette.html Also, click here to hear an interview with Shanta Sturgis on an episode about this case from the true crime podcast, “Thin Air." Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
Jul 20, 2016
The Trail Went Cold – Episode 11 – Michael Rosenblum
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February 14, 1980. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. While recovering from a bad drug hangover, 25-year old Michael Rosenblum drives off in his girlfriend’s car and vanishes without a trace. The vehicle is soon found abandoned by the Baldwin Borough Police Department, but even though Michael’s family reports him missing, the police inexplicably keep the car impounded for three months without informing anyone. As the years go by, Michael’s father uncovers disturbing evidence to suggest that the Baldwin police chief helped orchestrate an elaborate cover-up involving his son’s disappearance. Even when a skull fragment belonging to Michael is found in 1992, there are no answers about what happened to him. This week’s episode of “The Trail Went Cold” chronicles the unexplained disappearance and death of Michael Rosenblum, which is perhaps our most convoluted and controversial case to date. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
Jul 07, 2016
The Trail Went Cold – Episode 10 – Eloise Worledge
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January 13, 1976. Beaumaris, Australia. The family of eight-year old Eloise Worledge wake up to discover she has mysteriously vanished from their suburban home and that an opening has been cut in the flyscreen window inside Eloise’s bedroom. Eyewitnesses report a lot of strange activity in the neighbourhood throughout the night, which seems to suggest that Eloise was abducted by an intruder. However, other evidence seems to suggest the abduction scene might have been staged. Since Eloise’s parents were going through a separation and her father was planning to move out of the house that very same morning, investigators start eyeing the family as possible suspects. Who was actually responsible for Eloise Worledge’s disappearance? Join us for the first international episode of “The Trail Went Cold”, as I analyze one of the most controversial unsolved cases in the history of Australia. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
Jun 22, 2016
The Trail Went Cold – Episode 9 – Don Kemp
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November 16, 1982. An abandoned SUV is discovered in the middle of a desolate Wyoming prairie and numerous possessions are scattered all over the highway. The vehicle belongs to Don Kemp, a former New York City ad executive who has left his old life behind and vanished without a trace. In spite of an extensive search of the area, it is four years before Don’s skeletal remains are found on the prairie. However, five months after Don originally disappeared, one of his friends allegedly received a series of bizarre phone calls from him. Did Don die of exposure shortly after abandoning his vehicle? Or was he killed elsewhere before his remains were somehow returned to the prairie years later? Join me for a new episode of “The Trail Went Cold”, as I analyze the very first case to ever be featured on “Unsolved Mysteries”. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
Jun 08, 2016
The Trail Went Cold – Episode 8 – The El Dorado Jane Doe
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July 10, 1991. El Dorado, Arkansas. A young blonde woman known to her friends as “Mercedes” is shot to death by her estranged ex-boyfriend at a seedy motel. It turns out Mercedes has been living under a stolen identity and no one in her life – not even the man who murdered her – knows who she really is. An extensive check into the woman’s background turns up many pieces of a puzzle which does not fit together and investigators are unable to uncover her true identity. However, it is possible she might be connected to some other unsolved cold cases… including one we have previously featured on this very podcast! Join me for a new episode of “The Trail Went Cold”, as I share the story of the mysterious unidentified woman known as “El Dorado Jane Doe”. Please check out the Doe Network profile page for El Dorado Jane Doe, which contains her vital statistics, numerous photographs, and contact info for the proper authorities should you happen to recognize her: http://doenetwork.org/cases/81ufar.html Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
May 25, 2016
The Trail Went Cold – Episode 7 – Judy Smith
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On April 9, 1997, Judy Smith, a 50-year old wife and mother from Newton, Massachusetts, decided to accompany her husband, Jeff, on a business trip to Philadelphia. The following day, Judy set out to do some sightseeing in the city while her husband attended a conference. When Jeff returned to their hotel that night, Judy was not there and she could not be found anywhere in the city. Five months later, Judy's skeletal remains would be discovered in a mountainous area... 600 miles away in North Carolina! The evidence indicated foul play, but eyewitness sightings seemed to suggest that Judy had traveled to the area voluntarily. Did Judy take an impromptu 600-mile trip without telling her family and if so, how did she wind up dead in the Appalachian Mountains? Join me for a new episode of “The Trail Went Cold”, as I analyze the truly baffling unexplained death of Judy Smith. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
May 11, 2016
The Trail Went Cold – Episode 6 – Laureen Rahn
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April 26, 1980. Manchester, New Hampshire. Judith Rahn goes out of town, leaving her 14-year old daughter, Laureen, alone at their apartment. When Judith returns home late that night, she discovers that one of Laureen's friends is sleeping in her bed, but Laureen herself is missing without explanation. Over the next few years, there would be several strange leads to suggest that Laureen somehow wound up in California, including some unexplained calls on Judith's phone bill and an unlikely connection to a notable porn star. Each clue in this case seems to be a piece of a large jigsaw puzzle which doesn't quite fit together. Join me for a new episode of “The Trail Went Cold”, as I attempt to analyze the truly bizarre unsolved disappearance of Laureen Rahn. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
Apr 27, 2016
The Trail Went Cold – Episode 5 – Terrance Williams and Felipe Santos
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October 1, 2003. Naples, Florida. A Mexican national named Felipe Santos gets into a minor traffic accident and mysteriously disappears after being taken into custody by the police. Three months later, another Naples man named Terrance Williams also vanishes without explanation after being pulled over for a routine traffic stop. What makes this story so unusual is that both men were last seen being taken into custody by the same police officer: Corporal Steve Calkins. Was this all just a very bizarre coincidence or was Calkins responsible for the disappearance of both men? Join me for a new episode of “The Trail Went Cold”, as I examine one of the most controversial missing persons cases of recent memory. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
Apr 13, 2016
The Trail Went Cold – Episode 4 – Rhonda Hinson
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December 22, 1981. 19-year old Rhonda Hinson attends an office Christmas party in Hickory, North Carolina. Sometime after midnight, Rhonda is driving back home when she is struck by a bullet fired from a high-powered rifle, killing her instantly and causing her car to crash into the ditch. Incredibly, the bullet manages to travel through the vehicle’s trunk, back seat, and driver’s seat, striking Rhonda in the heart and killing her instantly. The seemingly impossible fatal shot, along with a strange eyewitness sighting of an unidentified man at the scene, has led to debate about whether Rhonda was deliberately targeted or the unfortunate victim of a freak accident. Join me for a new episode of “The Trail Went Cold”, as I analyze the baffling murder of Rhonda Hinson. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
Mar 30, 2016
The Trail Went Cold – Episode 3 – David Cox
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January 5, 1994. A former Marine named David Cox vanishes from his home in Medfield, Massachusetts and is found shot to death three months later. In 1986, Cox had been involved in a controversial “Code Red” hazing incident while stationed at Guantanamo Bay, which would inspire the hit movie, “A Few Good Men”. When Cox saw the movie, he organized a lawsuit and became an outspoken critic of both the film and the U.S. military’s activities in Cuba. Did Cox’s actions eventually lead to his death? Join me for a new episode of “The Trail Went Cold”, as I analyze the unsolved murder of David Cox. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
Mar 16, 2016
The Trail Went Cold – Episode 2 – The Fort Worth Three
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December 23, 1974. 17-year old Mary Rachel Trlica, 14-year old Lisa Renee Wilson and 9-year old Julie Ann Moseley, a.k.a. the "Fort Worth Three", head on a shopping trip to a mall in Fort Worth, Texas. The three girls never return home and their abandoned car is found in the mall parking lot. The next morning, Rachel's husband finds a strange mysterious letter in his mailbox which throws the whole case for a loop. Did Rachel actually write this letter and stage her own disappearance, or did something much more sinister happen? Join me for a new episode of "The Trail Went Cold", as I analyze the baffling unsolved disappearance of the "Fort Worth Three." Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
Mar 02, 2016
The Trail Went Cold – Episode 1 – Aeileen Conway
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April 29, 1986. Lawton Oklahoma. A fifty-year-old housewife is killed in a flaming car crash, which is initially ruled to be accident. However, her husband uncovers strange evidence, suggesting that her death might be something far more sinister. After that, the trail went cold... Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.
Feb 12, 2016