Obscura: A True Crime Podcast

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 Mar 27, 2019

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 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

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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.


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S2E01: The Murder of Honora Parker - Heavenly Creatures
01:13:41

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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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 

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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
00:53:50

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

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May 22, 2019
S1E36: Missing Mona Biddy + Bonus
00:51:54

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.

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May 02, 2019
S1E35: Theresa Knorr - The Bad Mother
00:39:53

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

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Apr 25, 2019
S1E34: Gertrude Baniszewski - The Skeleton Lady
00:36:07

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

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Apr 18, 2019
S1E33: Jeremy Steinke - The Canadian Werewolf
00:31:50

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?

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Apr 11, 2019
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00:06:10

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Mar 31, 2019
S1E32: The Ann Arbor VA Hospital Murders
00:29:33

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.


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Mar 28, 2019
S1E31: Cabrini-Green Part 02
00:32:21

Little Hell was eventually demolished, and up from the soil of that community, grew a public housing project known as Cabrini-Green.

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Mar 21, 2019
S1E30: Cabrini-Green Part 01
00:44:56

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.

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Mar 14, 2019
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00:08:30

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Feb 23, 2019
S1E29: Russel Williams - An Evolution of Depravity
00:58:36

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Feb 21, 2019
S1E28: Jonathan Richardson - The Outbuilding
00:43:28

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Feb 13, 2019
S1E27: Corey Feldman's Fight Against Pedophilia
00:38:05

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Feb 06, 2019
Obscura: Black Label 03 Preview
00:09:38

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Jan 26, 2019
S1E26: The Murder of Seath Jackson
00:55:39

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 

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Jan 24, 2019
S1E25: William Melchert-Dinkel - A New Breed of Predator
00:42:00

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. 

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Jan 17, 2019
S1E24: Blake Leibel - The West Hollywood Vampire
00:39:38

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".

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Jan 10, 2019
S1E23: The Murder of Ennis Cosby
00:31:31

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.

 

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Jan 03, 2019
Obscura: Black Label 02 Preview
00:02:25

Black Label 02 is now released for Patreon subscribers only. Extreme content warning. Grab the $3 price point while you still can. Only 9 slots left. Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/obscuracrimepodcast

 

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Dec 21, 2018
S1E22: Zack and Addie
01:03:49

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.

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Dec 18, 2018
S1E21: The Murder of Brandon Teena
00:29:07

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.

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Dec 13, 2018
S1E20: Nick Stoutzenberger - The Mouth of Madness
00:57:20

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.

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Nov 29, 2018
Obscura: Black Label 01 Preview
00:04:28

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Nov 27, 2018
S1E19: Scott Beierle - The Failure
00:39:18

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.

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Nov 22, 2018
S1E18: Mark Foster - Voodoo Murders: Part 02
00:31:11

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...

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Nov 08, 2018
S1E17: Voodoo Murders: Part 01
00:32:21

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.

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Nov 01, 2018
S1E16: Martha Moxley - The Devil's Night Murder
00:46:34

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

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Oct 24, 2018
S1E15: The Horrors of Humboldt County
00:28:25

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

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Oct 18, 2018
S1E14: Fatal Insomnia
00:32:30

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.

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Oct 11, 2018
S1E13: Bryan Eugene Sweatt - The Greenwood Murders
00:27:53

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 Podcast we’re covering Bryan Eugene Sweatt.

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Oct 04, 2018
S1E12: Michael Vance - A Week of Terror
00:32:27

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

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Sep 27, 2018
S1E11: Sharon Lopatka - The Consensual Homicide
00:29:51

The story of Sharon Lopatka.

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Sep 20, 2018
S1E10: Mr. Anime is Planning Something
00:47:00

Today on Obscura we’re covering Trey Eric Sesler because back in 2012.... Mr. Anime was planning something.

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Sep 13, 2018
S1E09: Gable Tostee - The Balcony
00:49:55

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.

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Aug 16, 2018
S1E08: Jerad and Amanda Miller
00:53:27

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.


Writer: Heather Sutfin

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Aug 09, 2018
S1E07: Cary Stayner - A Shadow Cast Over Yosemite
00:39:48

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.

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Aug 02, 2018
S1E06: Steven Stayner - The Good Son
00:34:48

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.


Writer: Aaron Arlotti

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Jul 26, 2018
S1E05: Leopold and Loeb Part 03
00:49:01

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Jul 19, 2018
S1E04: Leopold and Loeb Part 02
00:41:59

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.

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Jul 12, 2018
S1E03: Leopold and Loeb Part 01
00:34:30

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.   

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Jul 05, 2018
S1E02: This Dark Chest of Dreams
00:42:14

A collection of sleep related true crime.

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Jun 28, 2018
S1E01: Shawn Grate - American Serial Killer
01:09:33

Shawn Grate - American Serial Killer

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Jun 21, 2018
Episode 00: Title Sequence
00:00:31
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 For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Apr 29, 2018