Obscura: A True Crime Podcast

By Justin Drown

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Subscribers: 590
Reviews: 6

MJ
 Sep 13, 2019
I really like this podcast!! Even if I have heard the story mutiple times from other podcasts I will listen because he has so much detail and he's a great story teller.

nigel
 Jul 11, 2019
what a fantastic podcast ! I'm only sorry I didn't know about it sooner as some episodes seem to be unavailable.


 Jul 10, 2019


 Mar 27, 2019

sovery slowly
 Sep 20, 2018
just seriously great, respectfully treating all cases, some i never heard of and new facts to cases i thought i knew... sounds like sincere passionate& journalistic work

Description

Obscura: A True Crime Podcast is a podcast about shining a spotlight on the darker things in life. It's a podcast that takes a narrative approach to covering true stories. We cover murders, mysteries, missing persons, and more. We cover terrible acts in unflinching detail. Listener discretion is advised.

Episode Date
Black Label S2E5: Facebook Live Murders
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In this age of widespread social media, the ability to upload and live stream video has given a world stage to some of the most vicious violent acts humans are capable of. Where once these acts took place in hiding with doors firmly closed, today's technological world means doors and geography no longer provide any barriers. Interpersonal violence is not contained to one spot. One moment in time that only those physically present witness and are left haunted by. Social media, in its rush to expand and develop, has slid down a slope of human depravity. Writer: Fiona Guy CW: Extreme Graphic Audio Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 09, 2020
Black Label S2E4: Mathew Borges
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Mathew Borges was a teenager entirely different from Lee Manuel Viloria-Paulino. While Lee was happy, positive, and able to impart encouraging wisdom to his friends on life and meaning, Mathew was a darker soul.  CW: Detailed Descriptions of Extreme Violence  Writer: Fiona Guy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 24, 2020
Introducing: Morbidology
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Morbidology is a weekly true crime podcast created and hosted by Emily G. Thompson, author of "Unsolved Child Murders," "Cults Uncovered" and co-author of "Unsolved Murders: True Crime Cases Uncovered." Using investigative research combined with primary audio including 911 calls, interviews and trial testimony, Morbidology takes an in-depth look at some of the world's most heinous murders. https://morbidology.com/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 18, 2020
S2E20: James Byrd Jr - On The Map
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Writer: Gemma Harris What you’re about to hear didn’t happen all that long ago. Unfortunately for the victim in today’s story, more extensive legislative protection came too late for what transpired one unusually hot June in east Texas. But it proved to be the catalyst for much-needed reform when it comes to prosecuting hate crimes, and for taking a small step towards attempting to address pervasive and entrenched racism. And as we know, we still have a long, long way to go.  CW: Graphic Descriptions of Violence, Racially Motivated Violence thebyrdfoundation.org mvfhr.org (Murder Victims' Families for Human Rights) https://www.gofundme.com/f/georgefloyd (Official George Floyd Memorial Fund) Download Best Fiends FREE on the Apple App Store or Google Play. Engage your brain with fun puzzles and collect tons of cute characters. If you visit my special slink right now at Expressvpn.com/obscura you can get an extra three months of ExpressVPN for free! Support the show, watch what you want, and protect yourself with ExpressVPN. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 10, 2020
Black Label S2E3: Tori Stafford
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Writer: Fiona Guy On a February winters night in the city of Woodstock in Ontario, Canada, two individuals met by chance at a Pizza Parlour. There was an instant connection between them. A spark. But this wasn’t a positive meeting of souls. It wasn’t the start of something beautiful. That night was the start of a rapid descent towards a heart-breaking ending for an innocent 8-year-old girl. CW: Child Sexual Abuse, Child Death, Extreme Descriptions of Violence, Graphic Audio Download Best Fiends FREE on the Apple App Store or Google Play. Engage your brain with fun puzzles and collect tons of cute characters. If you visit my special link right now at Expressvpn.com/obscura you can get an extra three months of ExpressVPN for free! Support the show, watch what you want, and protect yourself with ExpressVPN. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 27, 2020
Mega Pack 02: Premium Episodes
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Order of Episodes: Justin Rey [Quick Cut] Denis and Katya Richard Russell [Quick Cut] The Blue Tarp Suicide [Quick Cut] James Hydrick - The Mentalist Baylee Wylie Save money with Gabi. Take two minutes right now to see how much you can save on your car and homeowners insurance. Go to Gabi.com/OBSCURA.   If you visit my special link right now at Expressvpn.com/obscura you can get an extra three months of ExpressVPN for free! Support the show, watch what you want, and protect yourself with ExpressVPN. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 13, 2020
Black Label S2E2: Mother
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Black Label S2E2: Mother Black Label S2E2 Ad Free.mp3 Writer: Fiona Guy Content Warning: Graphic Audio,  Maternal Filicide  The maternal instinct of a mother is an all-encompassing level of emotion. To love, nurture, and protect their child is biologically embedded, a bond that can never be broken. That is how it should be. But life is a complex matrix of relationships, emotions, and decision-making, and the human psyche is a powerful fighting force.  Maternal filicide, the murder of a child by their mother, is a murky understudied arena where those natural instincts are replaced with an entirely different kind of drive. A drive that takes away the very life they previously gave so lovingly.  Save money with Gabi. Take two minutes right now to see how much you can save on your car and homeowners insurance. Go to Gabi.com/OBSCURA.   Download Best Fiends FREE on the Apple App Store or Google Play. Engage your brain with fun puzzles and collect tons of cute characters. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 22, 2020
S2E19: Lee Rigby - The Drummer Boy
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Writer: Gemma Harris CW: Graphic Descriptions of Violence leerigbyfoundation.org www.helpforheroes.org.uk Save money with Gabi. Take two minutes right now to see how much you can save on your car and homeowners insurance. Go to Gabi.com/OBSCURA.   If you visit my special link right now at Expressvpn.com/obscura you can get an extra three months of ExpressVPN for free! Support the show, watch what you want, and protect yourself with ExpressVPN. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 08, 2020
Black Label Season 01 Mega Pack
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[Blanket Extreme Content Warning Tag] 00:00-30:00 Black Label 01 30:01-1:06:15 Black Lable 03 1:06:16-1:39:55 Black Label 04 1:40:00-2:11:38 Black Label 05 2:11:39-3:19:29 Black Label 08 3:19:31-4:18:20 Black Label 09 4:18:21-5:10:05 Black Label 10 Missing From Pack Black Label 02 [Too Graphic] Black Label 06 [Too Graphic] Black Label 07 [Legal Reasons] Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 25, 2020
Black Label S2E1: LXXXVIII
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Some crimes are darker than others. Those criminal acts, human on human, demonstrate the depraved mind that can lurk just beneath the surface. When that savagery does rise, there are destructive acts of interpersonal violence that are devilish, black-hearted, and quite simply heinous. Some people can be rehabilitated, but some are so far down that path of wickedness there is no going back. They cannot turn and follow their footsteps back towards acceptable humanity. It's too late. They have gone too far. And their victims are left to deal with the consequences and the terror that they have created.  CW: Graphic Source Audio, Extreme Violence  Writer: Fiona Guy Theme: The Body - Starving Deserter Visit our Website for Sources: Support us: patreon.com/obscuracrimepodcast Support Our Sponsors: Save money with Gabi. Take two minutes right now to see how much you can save on your car and homeowners insurance. Go to Gabi.com/OBSCURA.   Download Best Fiends FREE on the Apple App Store or Google Play. Engage your brain with fun puzzles and collect tons of cute characters. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 24, 2020
S2E18: Leigh Leigh - Property of the Clan
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One adolescent rite of passage where many of these key memories are formed - both good and bad - is parties. For many of us, parties during our teenage years often marked the many ‘firsts’ in a young persons’ life. The first time we could drive after getting our licence. Our first kiss. The first time we experiment with cigarettes, alcohol or harder drugs. For many teens, it’s their first encounter with sex. Unfortunately for some girls, that encounter isn’t always consensual, but instead traumatic. In those situations, we’d like to think that if we, or someone we knew, was raped or sexually assaulted at a party, the person responsible would be ejected and police contacted. Sadly, we know that in reality that doesn’t happen for a range of reasons. It’s cold comfort, but on those occasions, we hope that police will be contacted in the days following the attack, in an attempt to bring the assailant to justice.  But that can only happen if the survivor makes it home from the party in the first place.  Writer: Gemma Harris  CW: Rape, Extreme Sexual Abuse Involving a Minor Sources: See Website Support our sponsors! NATIVE: For 20% off your first purchase, visit nativedeodorant.com and use promo code obscura during checkout! HANDY: Get your first 3-hour cleaning for ONLY $29 when you sign up for a cleaning plan. Go to Handy.com/obscura and enter promo code obscura.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 11, 2020
S2E17: Henry Brisbon - The I-57 Killer
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In 1973, three brutal murders were carried out along Interstate 57 in Illinois. The man responsible, with three accomplices, was Henry Brisbon. He was just 17-years-old. Henry Brisbon has been called the poster child for capital punishment. He is a man whose violent history has left a trail of destruction behind him. This story is about the lives he destroyed. Writer: Fiona Guy CW: Rape, Details of Extreme Violence  Sources can be found on obscuracrimepodcast.com Support our Sponsors: Save money with Gabi. Take two minutes right now to see how much you can save on your car and homeowners insurance. Go to Gabi.com/OBSCURA.   Download Best Fiends FREE on the Apple App Store or Google Play. Engage your brain with fun puzzles and collect tons of cute characters. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 26, 2020
S2E16: Matthew Shepard - Equal Rights
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CW: Homophobic Slurs, Rape, Hate Crimes Writer: Gemma Harris Perhaps you already know this story - or think you do. But as you’ll hear, what happened just outside a town in the midwest state of Wyoming on a chilly fall night in the late 1990s, had haunting parallels with coyote hanging. What started as a grisly warning would become the catalyst for a watershed movement nationwide. One that would see the LGBTQ community finally make a breakthrough when it came to breaking down bigotry and prejudice. Listener, if anything in today’s story has raised any issues for you, or if someone you know needs help, you can contact the LGBT National Hotline in the United States and Canada on 1 888 843 4564 for confidential support.  Canada - Trans Lifeline 877 330 6366 UK - Switchboard Helpline 0300 330 0630 Australia - Qlife 1800 184 527  If you’d like to support the valuable ongoing work of the Matthew Shepard Foundation by making a tax deductible donation: www.matthewshepard.org Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 05, 2020
S2E15: Jeffrey R. MacDonald - The Fort Bragg Murders
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At 3:40am on February 17, 1970, a phone call was received by the operator in Fayetteville,  North Carolina . The person on the other end of the line was requesting assistance at the MacDonald home on Castle Drive. At 3:42am, another call was made from the same address, this time being patched through to military police in Fort Bragg. A stabbing had been reported. See Website for Sources Writer: Gemma Harris CW: Child Death Support Our Sponsor: feals.com/obscura
Jan 22, 2020
Quick Update: S2E14
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Jan 13, 2020
S2E14: Christine Eadie & Helen Scott - At World's End
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Today’s story takes us across the pond and back in time to 1970s Scotland. Christine Eadie and her friend Helen Scott had known each other since childhood. On October 15, 1977, after a night on the town, their last stop for the night was one of the many popular pubs in the area, The World’s End. Christine and Helen were seen by a police officer walking off with the two men down Saint Mary Street. It was the last time they were seen alive. Edit: Unfortunately, Angus has been pronounced as "Agnes". This was not caught during the recording phase and a deadline had to be met. I can only promise to do better in the future. - Justin Writer: Gemma Harris Sources: See Webiste CW: Rape, Murder, Child Death For 20% off your first purchase, visit nativedeodorant.com and use promo code obscura during checkout!
Jan 11, 2020
Obscura: Black Label - Burn [Full Episode]
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Researcher: Haley Gray Writer: Stephanie Moore  CW: Intense Graphic Audio Support our sponsor: warbyparker.com/OBSCURA Support us on Patreon: patreon.com/obscuracrimepodcast
Dec 25, 2019
S2E13: Debora Green - The Farrar Family
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Listener, what happens when your home is destroyed in a natural disaster or accident and you lose the very people you need around you? You have no home to go to, and are cast adrift without the people you love who you rely on to make difficult times easier to bear. You feel abandoned and alone. And listener, what happens if that ‘accident’ that destroyed your home and killed your loved ones wasn’t actually determined to be an accident at all, but something far more sinister, caused by the last person on earth you’d suspect? This is what we contemplate in today’s story. Writer: Gemma Harris CW: Child death, Animal Death See Website for Source List For 20% off your first purchase, visit nativedeodorant.com and use promo code OBSCURA during checkout! Order the FREE Home Try-On program or request a trial of Scout contact lenses for just $5! Visit warbyparker.com/OBSCURA to learn more.
Dec 11, 2019
S2E12: Baby Doe - The Murder of Bella Bond
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Writer: Fiona Guy In 2015 the discovery of a child’s body on a secluded area of beach sparked a quest to find the child’s real identity and who was responsible for her death. The death of a young child is a tragic event. The death of a young child due to murder is an event that lights a fire under all involved, to seek the truth and achieve justice for that child and life they have lost. Justice is not a straight-forward concept in this case as you will hear. I will leave it up to you listener to decide for yourself, if justice, in this case, was truly achieved. CW: Child Death, Drug Abuse Sources: See Website Want to contribute even more to End the Backlog? Use promo code GIVEBACK for any of the shows below to get the first month to their Premium channel, FREE! All proceeds made will be donated.  Out of the Shadows: https://www.himalaya.com/Out  The Box of Oddities: https://www.himalaya.com/BOO Crime Salad: https://www.himalaya.com/crimesalad Invisible Choir: https://www.himalaya.com/choir True Crime Historian: https://www.himalaya.com/TrueCrime
Nov 27, 2019
Introducing Detective Trapp
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Episode Notes: Anaheim investigator Julissa Trapp is not like other detectives. She’s the only woman on the homicide squad, and a skilled chameleon: undercover cop in vice stings, crime-scene commander, patient confidante of killers. A master interrogator, she invokes her personal experience – and deepest griefs -- as a tool to elicit confessions. When a young woman’s body is found at a trash-sorting plant, Trapp learns the murder may be linked to the disappearance of three other women in nearby Santa Ana. Trapp embarks on a dark journey that brings her face to face with a man who takes “a little piece of her soul.” Listen now at Wondery.fm/ObscuraDT
Nov 19, 2019
S2E11: Edward Baldock & Tracey Wigginton - Satanic Panic
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Writer: Gemma Harris  CW: Sexual Abuse, Graphic Descriptions of Murder Support Our Sponsors: Visit nativedeodorant.com and use promo code OBSCURA during checkout for 20% off! Head to warbyparker.com/OBSCURA to order your free Home Try-On. Take the quiz to find a pair that is perfect for you today! Get hours of bonus episodes on Himalaya: https://buff.ly/35JLYtq Visit obscuracrimepodcast.com to see our sources.
Nov 13, 2019
Obscura: Black Label - Katelyn Nicole Davis [Full Episode]
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Listen to Bad Batch: Wondery.fm/BadBatchObscura Get Access to the rest of our bonus content: patreon.com/obscuracrimepodcast www.himalaya.com/Social%20Sciences-podcasts/obscura-a-true-crime-podcast-254736 Researcher: Haley Gray
Oct 22, 2019
S2E10: Ronald Dominique - Swamp Thing - Part 02
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Writer: Gemma Harris  CW: Rape, Murder, Graphic Descriptions REFERENCES : SEE WEBSITE Support our Sponsor: warbyparker.com/OBSCURA to  Get access to bonus content: https://www.patreon.com/obscuracrimepodcast
Oct 15, 2019
S2E09: Ronald Dominique - Swamp Thing - Part 01
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Writer: Gemma Harris


CW: Rape, Murder, Graphic Descriptions


REFERENCES: See Website


Oct 03, 2019
Obscura: Fireside Chat 01 (Q&A)
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Sep 19, 2019
S2E08: Robert Hansen - The Hunter - Part 02
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CW: Rape, Sexual Abuse 

Writer:  Gemma Harris  

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Sep 12, 2019
S2E07: Robert Hansen - The Hunter - Part 01
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CW: Rape, Sexual Abuse


Writer:  Gemma Harris

Most of us are familiar with reality tv shows where people are isolated in remote locations around the world to test and demonstrate their skills, stamina and endurance required to overcome the obstacles presented by mother nature. Extreme temperatures, exposure, hunger, dehydration, and exhaustion - not to mention threats from native wildlife, all pose additional complications.

Listener... what happens when you’re stranded and don’t have that experience and those survival skills? No idea how far away you are from the closest town? No way of knowing when - or if - you’ll be rescued? And listener - what if, stranded in the middle of nowhere, the movement of the person you could suddenly hear as they made their way through the trees towards you, belonged to someone who wasn’t coming to help you - but to hunt you?

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Sep 04, 2019
S2E06: The Hart Family Crash - Part 02
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On March 26, 2018 in the late afternoon, the California Highway Patrol was called out to a crash site on US highway 101 in the affluent Mendocino County, town of Westport, California. A hundred feet down a jagged cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean sat a 2003 GMC Yukon SUV registered to Jennifer Jean Hart, or Jen as she was called. Upon closer inspection, it was discovered the SUV held an entire family, but not just any family. This was a family affectionately known as “the Hart Tribe” by their friends and by their community.  


Writer:  Stephanie Moore 


CW: Suicide, Child Abuse, Racism


Aug 12, 2019
S2E05: The Hart Family Crash - Part 01
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On March 26, 2018 in the late afternoon, the California Highway Patrol was called out to a crash site on US highway 101 in the affluent Mendocino County, town of Westport, California. A hundred feet down a jagged cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean sat a 2003 GMC Yukon SUV registered to Jennifer Jean Hart, or Jen as she was called. Upon closer inspection, it was discovered the SUV held an entire family, but not just any family. This was a family affectionately known as “the Hart Tribe” by their friends and by their community.  

Writer:  Stephanie Moore CW: Suicide, Child Abuse, Child Death, Racism
Aug 06, 2019
Black Label 09 - Ricardo Lopez Preview
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Listen to the full version on the Himalaya App or Patreon:
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Researcher: Haley GrayWriter: Stephanie Moore Copyeditor: Remedy Robinson Black Label Theme: The Body - Starving Deserter
Jul 30, 2019
Preview: Black Label 09 - Ricardo López
00:20:11

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Researcher: Haley Gray

Writer: Stephanie Moore 

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Black Label Theme: The Body - Starving Deserter

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Jul 29, 2019
S2E04: The Murder of Michael McMorrow - Strawberry Fields Forever
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Listener, as you’ll hear, the facts of today’s story and the events that unfolded just prior to Memorial Day Weekend in 1997, show what happens when the paths of strangers collide in such a way that not everyone necessarily emerges from a fateful chance encounter alive...


Writer: Gemma Harris

Sources: www.obscuracrimepodcast.com/s2e04r 

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Jul 24, 2019
Freebie: Halloween & Christmas '18 Specials
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Free for the first time...our holiday specials! It's Halloween and Christmas in July. These are for listeners that'd like to hear a personal side of the host. 

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Jul 13, 2019
S2E03: The Murders of Joann and Alex Katrinak - Part 02
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The conclusion of our two part series on the murders of Joann and Alex Katrinak. We hope you behaved and stayed off Wikipedia. 


Writer: Stephanie Moore

CW: Child Death 


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Jul 10, 2019
Black Label 08 - Katelyn Nicole Davis Preview
00:19:54
Jun 29, 2019
S2E02: The Murders of Joann and Alex Katrinak - Part 01
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In December 1994, Andrew Katrinak arrives home to an empty house. At 10:40 p.m. he calls 911 to report his family missing.  So begins a case that features a missing wife, a missing baby, and the husband who gave news interviews repeatedly asking for the return of his wife and son.  


Writer:  Stephanie Moore

CW: Child Death

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Jun 26, 2019
S2E01: The Murder of Honora Parker - Heavenly Creatures
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Today’s story is not that of a romance per se, but about another special kind of relationship. The type of relationship some of us are lucky enough to have in our lives at least once - it’s the story of best friends. It’s also a story about testing the bounds of friendship. How far would you go for a friend? At what price? What would you do when the world is conspiring against your unique and inexplicable bond?


Pauline Parker, Juliet Hulme, and he murder of Honora Parker.


Writer: Gemma Harris 


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Sources:


BOOKS

Graham, P. (2011). So Brilliantly Clever. Awa Press.

ARTICLES 

The Press, 20 Sep 1994. ‘Hulme describes teenage plot to kill friends mother’.

Press Weekend, 6 Aug 1994. ‘Solved: Hulme’s greatest secret’.

Press Weekend, 5 Oct 1991. ‘Murder without remorse’. 

Star-Sun, 2 Sep 1954. ‘Girl murderers’ sentence - decision on place of detention’. 

Star-Sun, 1 Sep 1954. ‘Girl murderers sentence’. 

Star-Sun, 31 Aug 1954. ‘Detention of murderesses is problem’. 

Star-Sun, 30 Aug 1954. ‘Ministers to decide future of murderesses’ and ‘Teenagers sentenced to detention for murder’.

The Press, 30 Aug 1954, ‘Girls guilty of murder’. 

Star-Sun, 28 Aug 1954. ‘Closing stages of teenagers’ murder trial’ and ‘Murder trial: Symptoms enumerated’.

The Press, 28 Aug 1954. ‘Murder charge. Hearing of evidence completed. Addresses to jury today’.

Star-Sun, 27 Aug 1954. ‘Crown rebuts opinions about girls’ insanity’ and ‘Murder trial’.

Star-Sun, 24 Aug 1954. ‘Murder trial - Mother cross-examined’ and ‘Supreme Court Trial - Witnesses tell of finding body’.

Star-Sun, 23 Aug 1954. ‘Two teenagers face charge of killing woman’, ‘Discovery of body described’, ‘Court told about families’,‘Called to Park’, and ‘Had operations’. 

Clarkson, N. 17 June 1989. ‘Separation threat trigger for a brick attack’, The Press. 

WEBSITES 

http://www.adamabrams.com/hc/faq2/Section_7/7.2.html 

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parker%E2%80%93Hulme_murder_case 

https://web.archive.org/web/20070901015408/http://www.crimelibrary.com/notorious_murders/famous/parker_hulme/index.html

https://nzhistory.govt.nz/people/pauline-parker 

https://nzhistory.govt.nz/heavenly-creatures-pauline-parker-and-juliet-hulme-are-found-guilty-of-murder

https://web.archive.org/web/20071019040936/http://www.anneperry.net/3.html 

https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10371147 

Jun 12, 2019
Obscura: Black Label 07 Preview
00:05:28

Louisa Vesterager, Maren Ueland, and the trial of 24 people.


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May 24, 2019
S1E37: Nannie Doss - Sympathy for the Devil
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Nannie Doss is a rare type of serial killer. Her past combined with seemingly innocent appearance make it somewhat easier to ask a tough question about serial killers and mass murderers. Is it possible that there are forces beyond their control causing them to commit the heinous act, for which they ultimately become famous?  


Writer: Josh Lami


CW: Children, Sexual Abuse

May 22, 2019
Fireside Update [Listen!]
00:04:09
May 08, 2019
S1E36: Missing Mona Biddy
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For the one year anniversary of Obscura we're returning to our first episode and doing the case justice this time.


As an added bonus we're including Black Label 06 - Crush for free. For the sake of not getting kicked off iTunes, this is the censored version of Black Label 06... but it still has teeth. If you'd like to access the full version you can get access on Patreon.

May 02, 2019
S1E35: Theresa Knorr - The Bad Mother
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Writer: Heather Sutfin


The story of a mother, the abuse she inflicted on her family, a body found burning, and another found decaying in a box. 


TW: Child abuse, extreme physical violence, sexual violence

Apr 25, 2019
Obscura: Black Label 06 - Crush Preview
00:05:05

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Apr 24, 2019
S1E34: Gertrude Baniszewski - The Skeleton Lady
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This is the case a senior Indianapolis investigator has described as the "most sadistic" case he ever investigated in the 35 years he served with the Indianapolis police. This is the story of Sylvia Likens and The Skeleton Lady.


TW: Child Abuse, Extreme Violence, Sexual Abuse


Writer: Josh Lami

Apr 18, 2019
S1E33: Jeremy Steinke - The Canadian Werewolf
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TW: Self-harm, Child-harm  


At twenty-three years old, Steinke was seemed to be adept at very little and was the antithesis of ‘cool’ to just about everyone who knew him. Steinke suffered physical and emotional abuse for most of his life. He dropped out of high school as a teenager, and at the time he murdered the Richardson family, was living in a trailer park with his mother. An unequivocal victim of circumstance, Steinke was dealt a bad hand from the get-go. Was it a pass to commit murder? Of course not. Is there any such pass?

Apr 11, 2019
Obscura: Black Label 05 Preview
00:06:10

This is a preview for the new episode of Black Label. To gain access to Black Label please visit the link below:


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Mar 31, 2019
S1E32: The Ann Arbor VA Hospital Murders
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While not owned by the university directly, since being founded in 1953, the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System has had close ties to the University of Michigan, becoming part of the pipeline where many medical students would find themselves receiving hands-on experience caring for the men and women who had severed in the armed forces. It was likely the inexperience of many of the doctors and nurses on staff within the hospital, compounded with the poor health of many of the patients the hospital oversaw, that allowed an abnormally high influx of respiratory arrests and failures to go initially unnoticed in the summer of 1975. By the time the FBI became involved, over 35 patients had been afflicted and 10 had died as a result of mysterious poisonings.


Sources:


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Mar 28, 2019
S1E31: Cabrini-Green Part 02
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Little Hell was eventually demolished, and up from the soil of that community, grew a public housing project known as Cabrini-Green.

Mar 21, 2019
S1E30: Cabrini-Green Part 01
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The meditative and unapologetic first part of a deep dive into the history of the notoriously violent project complex. In this first part we lay the foundation while still giving you feel for what's to come.

Mar 14, 2019
Episode 45: The Murder of Linda Damm
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In late January of 2007, Tess Damm told a friend that her mother, Linda, would be “going out of town.” Several weeks later, Damm and three accomplices were placed under arrest for murder.

Mar 07, 2019
Episode 44: The Murder of Shane Chartres-Abbott
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Feb 28, 2019
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Feb 23, 2019
S1E29: Russel Williams - An Evolution of Depravity
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Feb 21, 2019
S1E28: Jonathan Richardson - The Outbuilding
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Feb 13, 2019
Episode 41: Corey Feldman's Controversial Fight Against Pedophilia
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Feb 06, 2019
S1E27: Corey Feldman's Fight Against Pedophilia
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Feb 06, 2019
Episode 40: Michel Fourniret - The Ogre of the Ardennes
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This is the story of a real-life boogeyman with an unquenchable hunger for human suffering: The Ogre of the Ardennes.

Jan 31, 2019
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Jan 26, 2019
S1E26: The Murder of Seath Jackson
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This is a story involving different perspectives of every parent's worst nightmare. It's also the story of how one fly on the wall perceived that nightmare. Worst of all it's a love story, but not the heartwarming kind. It's about the darker side of love that people often avoid discussing. Sources: See Website 

Jan 24, 2019
S1E25: William Melchert-Dinkel - A New Breed of Predator
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William Melchert-Dinkel wasn't a member of the Lonely Hearts Club, desperately hoping he could find the right partner if only he could convince someone that he would be worth loving. Nor was he a career criminal hoping to get something for nothing. William set out in hopes of finding someone in pain, someone looking for a friend, and someone he could exploit for his own sadistic pleasure. Through William's predatory behavior we take a hard look at a new breed of predator. 

Jan 17, 2019
S1E24: Blake Leibel - The West Hollywood Vampire
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Blood draining and avulsion are just two elements that make up the story of what's been called the most horrific murder in Hollywood history. Listen and learn why Blake Leibel has earned the nickname "West Hollywood Vampire".

Jan 10, 2019
S1E23: The Murder of Ennis Cosby
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This story isn't about Bill Cosby, or at least, it's not about the Bill Cosby we know now. This story is about his son, Ennis, and the Bill Cosby our hearts bled for when we learned that he had experienced something that most parents fear more than anything – the loss of a child.

 

Jan 03, 2019
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Dec 21, 2018
S1E22: Zack and Addie
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For today’s show we cover a lot of ground. I figure I can only tell the story of Zach and Addie once…so…I better do the story justice.

To finish out the year on the main feed, I’ve chosen to go out with a bang. Get comfortable. Because you’re about to hear about one of what I consider to be one of the most interesting true crime stories. A long with the intertwining history surrounding the tragedy that created a tangled web of misery and devastation.

Now, let’s get on with it.

Dec 18, 2018
S1E21: The Murder of Brandon Teena
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The murder of Brandon Teena thrust the trans community into the forefront of public discussion. Before the early 1990s, transgender people were a silent minority within society. When the case we'll be discussing had originally received national coverage, the disregard of preferred pronouns and dead naming were not considered offensive and some of the audio clips, legal transcripts, and direct quotes used in creating this episode may reflect that. This episode will also include unedited audio of a police interview with a rape victim, which may be too distressing for some of our listeners. You've been warned.

Dec 13, 2018
Episode 33: The Mystery of the I-70 Killer
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Today we cover a multi-state killer who may still be out there, somewhere, stalking the interstate in wait of his next victim.

 

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Dec 06, 2018
S1E20: Nick Stoutzenberger - The Mouth of Madness
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Today we discuss person so disgusting he triggered my gag response. This is a first for the show. This episode skated on the edge of becoming a black label episode. There’s audio from a clip I’m going to play for you later… that made it difficult to eat dinner the evening after watching it.

It’s tough to decide exactly how to tell the story of Nick Stoutzenberger. The story is a horrifying one and a complex one at that. Many of the chapters of this story feature video documentation that’s hard to place in specific moments. So, I think the philosophy going forward in telling this story will be comparable to peeling a rotting onion. Let’s peel away the less offensive bits until we get to the rotten core of the story. If you think the early part of this story is too vanilla, or dull, well… just you wait. This is an episode that will have a slow incline right into the mouth of madness.

Nov 29, 2018
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Nov 27, 2018
S1E19: Scott Beierle - The Failure
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The man we cover today is a putrid and hateful person. He’s a man who simultaneously complained about his loneliness but somehow, in his mind, positioned himself above those who succeeded where he failed many times over. Under this delusion, his life ultimately spiraled and the actions he would go on to take made him feel justified. In short, he was a person who was incapable of taking responsibility for his actions until the bitter end.


In this episode of Obscura: A True Crime Podcast we cover Scott Beierle.

Nov 22, 2018
Episode 30: The Cannibal Poet - Jose Luis Calva Zepeda
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Jose Luis Calva Zepeda was a poet; beneath his desire to eat people lies a man who just wants to be heard. Where does Jeffrey Dahmer fit into this? Take a seat by the fire and find out.

Nov 15, 2018
S1E18: Mark Foster - Voodoo Murders: Part 02
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In this week's episode of Obscura: A True Crime Podcast we shine a light on Mark Foster, Brent Thompson, and Greg Friesner. What does Santeria and the white Anglo-Saxon owner of a large tech company have in common? Take a seat by the fire. It's going to get dark...

Nov 08, 2018
S1E17: Voodoo Murders: Part 01
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In this week's episode we shine a light on John Preston Rooks, Esteis Liberis, and Latarsha Sanders. All three killers who were influenced by Voodoo. Note: Voodoo and its branches are misunderstood and still practiced to this day. Obscura: A True Crime Podcast respects your right to practices any religion.

Nov 01, 2018
Episode 27: The Devil's Night Murder of Martha Moxley
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In Martha Moxley's Greenwich, Connecticut neighborhood, they called the night before Halloween Mischief Night. It would be that night in 1975 that 15-year-old Martha Moxley would take her final breath and with it would begin a 43-year-long battle to bring her killer to justice. Writer: Heather Sutfin]]>
Oct 24, 2018
S1E16: Martha Moxley - The Devil's Night Murder
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In Martha Moxley's Greenwich, Connecticut neighborhood, they called the night before Halloween Mischief Night. It would be that night in 1975 that 15-year-old Martha Moxley would take her final breath and with it would begin a 43-year-long battle to bring her killer to justice. Writer: Heather Sutfin

Oct 24, 2018
S1E15: The Horrors of Humboldt County
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Buried beneath a blanket of fog that seeps into a canopy of redwood and sequoia trees sits California's Humboldt County. Humboldt is a county that likes keeping its secrets close to the vest. Anyone who gets too close to finding out just what those secrets are is libel to be swallowed up whole, leaving nothing behind except another face on a flier. In this episode of Obscura: A True Crime podcast we cover the dark histories that surround the county. Including Murder Mountain, the Emerald Triangle, Michael Bear Carson and Suzan Carson, Wayne Adam Ford, and more. Writer: Heather Sutfin

Oct 18, 2018
S1E14: Fatal Insomnia
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In today’s story we take a different approach. We’ve covered a multitude of killers. Some so awful they fill me with spite just recalling their name. But what if sleep were the killer… or the lack thereof? Insomnia? Could you literally be dying for sleep? Make sure that thermostat is low and envelop yourself in your favorite blanket. Today on Obscura we’re covering Fatal Insomnia.

Oct 11, 2018
S1E13: Bryan Eugene Sweatt - The Greenwood Murders
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Sitting in a lot, surrounded by grass is an unassuming mobile home. But this home holds a secret. A tragedy. one that’s on equal footing with the Ronald DeFeo Jr. killings in Amityville. This week on Obscura: A True Crime P{odcast we’re covering Bryan Eugene Sweatt.

Oct 04, 2018
Episode 23: Michael Vance's Week of Terror
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This week on Obscura: A True Crime Podcast we cover the manhunt of Michael Dale Vance Jr. Recently, many listeners have requested a clip-based episode. You asked. We listened. Writer: Heather Sutfin ]]>
Sep 27, 2018
S1E12: Michael Vance - A Week of Terror
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This week on Obscura: A True Crime Podcast we cover the manhunt of Michael Dale Vance Jr. Recently, many listeners have requested a clip-based episode. You asked. We listened. Writer: Heather Sutfin

Sep 27, 2018
S1E11: Sharon Lopatka - The Consensual Homicide
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The story of Sharon Lopatka.

Sep 20, 2018
S1E10: Mr. Anime is Planning Something
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Today on Obscura we’re covering Trey Eric Sesler because back in 2012.... Mr. Anime was planning something.

Sep 13, 2018
Episode 20: The Chicago Sausage Factory Murder
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Adolph Luetgert, Hans Muller, and the always present anxieties of a technology obsessed world that refuses to stay still. In this episode of Obscura: A True Crime Podcast we weave together true crime and folkore and find a common theme in both.


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Aug 30, 2018
Episode 19: Gallaudet's Silent Killer
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It's the early 2000s. A silent killer stalks the halls of Gallaudet University; a school for the deaf. Will Gallaudet University remain a sanctuary of silence; or is the university's secure measures only an illusion? Writer: Heather Sutfin]]>
Aug 23, 2018
Episode 19: Gallaudet's Silent Killer
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It's the early 2000s. A silent killer stalks the halls of Gallaudet University; a school for the deaf. Will Gallaudet University remain a sanctuary of silence; or is the university's secure measures only an illusion? Writer: Heather Sutfin

Aug 23, 2018
S1E09: Gable Tostee - The Balcony
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Despite all of its potential tourist activities, 26-year-old New Zealand tourist, Warriena Wright, found herself seeking companionship instead. Tinder was her app of choice. It wasn’t long after swiping through photos and profiles the app when she found what she was looking for: Gable Tostee. The case we’re covering today dives into the world of Tinder dating, the murky world of hook up culture that surrounds tinder, and a case that is less cut and dried than usual. There are a lot of twists and turns and those in the true crime community have taken strong stances on both sides. I’d be interested to hear the consensus of my listeners. Feel free to reach out.

Aug 16, 2018
S1E08: Jerad and Amanda Miller
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Fake News. It's a term we've heard sprout up within recent years but what exactly is it? In the past we called this yellow journalism, a type of news based on little research in order to invoke emotions, sensationalise stories, and push propaganda through misleading and eye-catching headlines with the intent to sell newspapers. Over a hundred years later, we would witness the newspaper industry's steady decline as the ability to access news and other information through the internet became more prevalent. And while print tabloids may now be on the endangered species list, Yellow Journalism, or “Fake News” as we now call it, would see a second wave more widespread than Hearst or Pulitzer were likely to have ever imagined. In this episode of Obscura we cover Jerad and Amanda Miller. Two people who were hell bent on dying for a cause and willing to use fake news to do so.

Aug 09, 2018
S1E07: Cary Stayner - A Shadow Cast Over Yosemite
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In this episode we move on from Steven and cover his brother. Cary Stayner would not go on to be the net positive for society that his brother did. He would not pass on and have a funeral with 500 guests without a dry eye in the place. If Steven’s life was like a branch that grew beautifully, sprouting full but stopping short, then Cary’s branch grew long and trunk like. Twisting and disfigured. His legacy casts a shadow over Yosemite National forest.

Aug 02, 2018
S1E06: Steven Stayner - The Good Son
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For this two-part series, consider me your tour guide, as I’ll be guiding you through the wide range of wilderness that is Yosemite, the history and background of a sadistic killer, and, as always, we’ll take a moment to celebrate the lives of the victims.


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Jul 26, 2018
S1E05: Leopold and Loeb Part 03
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Jul 19, 2018
S1E04: Leopold and Loeb Part 02
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In this episode we’ll cover the plan in action. Once hailed as the crime of the century, this is the story of Leopold and Loeb, as well as their victim Bobby Franks.

Jul 12, 2018
S1E03: Leopold and Loeb Part 01
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Welcome listener. I have a special two-part series in store for you. For this episode we cover the players. Those involved. It’s an older story, with it’s murder taking place in 1924. At the time it was called The Crime of the Century, with a trial the likes the world had never seen; it was a full-blown media spectacle. This is the story of the “perfect crime” of the unfortunate victim caught up in a senseless scheme. This is the story of Leopold and Loeb.   

Jul 05, 2018
S1E02: This Dark Chest of Dreams
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Part One: The Case of the Extended Nightmare One night, shortly before or after the October Fourth, 1980 Steven Linscott awoke, drenched in cold sweat. He had just had a vivid nightmare. This nightmare would have real world consequences. Part 2: The Mad Gasser of Mattoon 1933 marked the birth of a terrifying figure. A figure that hid in the shadows, attacking victims with an invisible weapon. This figure made the news and caused mass panic. Some believe that the figure was the cause of mass hysteria. Others feel that there is too much evidence to dismiss his or her existence. Part 3: The Phantom Barber of Pascagoula Two young girls, Mary Evelyn Briggs and Edna Marie Hydel, are sleeping at the convent of Our Lady of Victories. They wake to find a man climbing out of their bedroom window. The girls were not harmed but both were missing locks of their hair. One of the girls described the man as short, overweight, and wearing a white sweatshirt. The culprit would go on to be known as The Phantom Barber of Pascagoula. Part 4: The Sleep Intruder A strange recording heard on a sleep app leaves a woman and mother in distress. The audio recording is enough to send chills down your spine.

Jun 28, 2018
S1E01: Shawn Grate - American Serial Killer
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For the tenth episode I extensively cover serial killer Shawn Grate. I'll be up front that this episode can be intense. Listener discretion is advised. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Jun 21, 2018
Episode 09: Oba Chandler Part 03
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In the final part of our three episode series on Oba Chandler we cover his downfall and the aftermath of his legacy of violence. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Jun 14, 2018
Episode 08: Oba Chandler Part 02
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For part two in our Oba Chandler series we explore his life and mind. We also continue the tragic story of the Rogers family. Special Guest: Psychotherapist/Actor/Writer Jason Eric Ross http://jasonericross.com/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Jun 07, 2018
Episode 07: Oba Chandler Part 01
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 The first part of a multi-episode series on Oba chandler. Special Guest: Elizabeth from Ohio Valley True Crime Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

May 31, 2018
Episode 06: Deverrie Schiller - Henry McCabe

If you're reading this please consider sharing Deverrie Schiller's story on social media. Three Billboards stand outside of California City. Alongside one of those scratched out desert roads, imposed against a background of the Mojave Mountains, they’re impossible to miss Henry McCabe is survived by two children and one wife. The key to his death may be understanding his final voicemail. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

May 26, 2018
Episode 05: Gary Ridgway "Green River Killer" Part 03
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In the the final part of our three part Gary Ridgway series we cover the relationship that slowed him down, the media circus, and his eventual arrest. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

May 17, 2018
Episode 04: Gary Ridgway "Green River Killer" Part 02
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In the the second part of our three part Gary Ridway series we cover his adulthood and the period of which he went on his rampage. We also cover the heroic actions of Rebecca Garde Guay. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

May 10, 2018
Episode 03: Gary Ridgway "Green River Killer" Part 01
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Part one of a three part series on Gary Ridgway. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

May 03, 2018
Episode 02: Amber Tuccaro - Brandon Lawson

On September 1, 2012 horseback riders find the remains of Amber Tuccaro. The RCMP release audio of her potential killer. Do you recognize his voice? August 8, 2013 is the last time that Brendon is seen in San Angelo, Texas. His phone call to 911 only deepens the mystery. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

May 03, 2018
Episode 01: Mona Biddy

A missing girl, the city that bands together to find her, and the ensuing trial. In this episode we go to Jackson, Mississippi and unfold a decades old mystery. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

May 03, 2018
Episode 00: Title Sequence
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Obscura: A True Crime Podcast is a podcast about shining a spotlight on the darker things in life. It's a podcast that takes a narrative approach to covering true stories. We cover murders, mysteries, missing persons, and more. We cover terrible acts in unflinching detail. Listener discretion is advised. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 29, 2018