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 Feb 4, 2019

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 Nov 7, 2018


Some terrorists use weapons. Some use information. The scariest use hostages. Every Thursday, Hostage tells electrifying crime stories culminating in intense, life-or-death negotiations. Within the stories, we examine tactics used by the FBI’s crisis negotiation unit, world governments, and even hostage’s parents, highlighting the techniques that saved lives, and the moments where everything went tragically wrong. Hostage is a production of Cutler Media, and part of the Parcast Network. New episodes release on Thursdays.

Episode Date
Cynthia Ann Parker Pt. 1: Naduah
In search of a better life, the Parker family migrated West. Their peaceful settlement in Texas was raided by the Comanche Tribe in 1836. Cynthia Ann Parker and other members of her family were kidnapped and held in captivity. Parker adapted the the Comanche lifestyle and lived with them for 24 years. Until she was abruptly taken from a world she had grown accustomed to.&nbsp;<br><br>Parcasters - Be sure to check out our newest podcast Extraterrestrial! It’s out of this world!&nbsp; Listen at<br><br>
Feb 14, 2019
Chiang Kai-shek Pt. 2: Captive in Exile
Desperate to flee the rebel soldiers, he dove out a window and headed through the mountains in the dead of winter. Freezing and exhausted, Chiang Kai Shek’s options were limited. His ultimate exile in 1949 would give rise to Communist China.&nbsp;<br><br><br>Sponsors!<br><br><br>Upstart - Hurry to to find out how low your Upstart rate is! Checking your rate only takes 2 minutes—and won’t affect your credit!<br><br>
Feb 07, 2019
Chiang Kai-shek Pt. 1: Civil War Bargain
In charge of the Chinese army in 1936, Chiang Kai-shek was kidnapped during the invasion of Manchuria, where the Japanese invaded. He quickly becomes a political prop used to manipulate and influence free speech laws.&nbsp;<br><br>Parcasters - After you are free from this episode of Hostage, head over to our new show Extraterrestrial. Learn all about the abduction of Barney and Betty Hill. Listen at<br><br><br>
Jan 31, 2019
Shergar Pt. 2: A Racehorse Against Time
A race to save Ireland’s most prized racehorse turns deadly. After Shergar was kidnapped from his stable in 1983, officials suspected IRA involvement. They negotiate with a man that goes by the alias King Neptune to attempt to save Shergar before it’s too late.&nbsp;<br><br>Parcasters - Once you’re done with this episode, gallop over to Kingpins to learn about one of Chicago’s biggest drug lords, “Diamond Jim” Colosimo. Listen now at<br><br>
Jan 24, 2019
Shergar Pt. 1: The Stolen Stallion
One of the most valuable races horses in the world won the Epsom Derby by 10 lengths, the longest win margin in the race’s 226-year history. Shergar’s kidnapping in 1983 sent the entire country of Ireland into a frenzy. The beloved horse was a mere pawn in a political chess match; abducted by an extremist group pushing Ireland towards the brink of civil war.<br><br>Sponsors!<br><br>Zola - To start your free wedding website and also get $50 off your registry on Zola, go to<br><br>
Jan 17, 2019
Munich Massacre Pt. 2: Athletes Become Heroes
The world watched in horror as the heavily anticipated 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, Germany turned into an international catastrophe. The Palestinian terrorist group Black September leveraged the lives of eleven Israeli representatives in exchange for the release of incarcerated comrades. German officials jumped into action even as the negotiations took a lethal turn.<br><br>Parcast News - Be sure to check out Parcast’s first fictional crime show MIND’S EYE at!<br><br><br>
Jan 10, 2019
Munich Massacre Pt. 1: Olympic Tragedy
The Olympics are an event that is supposed to unite countries together, however that wasn’t the case during the 1972 Games in Munich, Germany. Eleven Israeli athletes, coaches, and Olympic officials were held hostage by eight commandos from the Palestinian terrorist group known as Black September. It brought the Olympics to a halt, and focused the world’s attention both on the capital of the German state of Bavaria and on the Palestinian revolutionary movement.
Jan 03, 2019
The MV Maersk Alabama Pt. 2: Captain Phillips Ransomed
Somali pirates seeking a large reward, attempted to hijack the MV Maersk Alabama in 2009. Holding Richard Phillips for ransom, The U.S. Navy had to intervene and use new negotiation tactics with the pirates. Abduwali Muse was the only hijacker to live to tell the tale.&nbsp;<br><br><br>Sponsors!<br><br><br>Sun Basket - Go to today to learn more and get $35 off your first order!<br><br>
Dec 27, 2018
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Dec 24, 2018
The MV Maersk Alabama Pt. 1: Somali Pirate Hijacking
It had been nearly 200 years since a ship registered under the American flag was seized by pirates. However, the crew of the MV Maersk Alabama and its 19,000 tons of cargo presented too good an opportunity to pass up. On April 8, 2009 four Somali pirates overcame the anti-piracy maneuvers executed by the crew and boarded the ship, kicking off one of the most incredible hostage rescues in recent memory.<br><br><br>Parcast Network - Check out our new podcast Assassinations at<br><br><br><br><br><br><br>
Dec 20, 2018
Katie Beers Pt. 2: A Lifetime of Perseverance
For 17 days, she was locked in an underground bunker the size of a closet. Katie Beers’ incredible psychological resilience allowed her to persevere during her captivity in 1992. Over the course of two weeks, authorities failed to find the man responsible.&nbsp;<br><br>Sponsors!<br><br>Sun Basket - Go to today to learn more and get $35 off your first order!<br><br>
Dec 13, 2018
Katie Beers Kidnapping Pt. 1: A History of Betrayal
Convincing her that she was going to an arcade, John Esposito, a family friend, kidnapped 9-year-old Katie Beers, locking her in a tiny cell under his garage in 1992. Word spread of the missing child, but it takes 17 days for Katie to be found. John’s predatory behavior was overlooked by authorities and Katie’s family, failing to protect her from the dangerous man.&nbsp;<br><br>Sponsors!<br><br>Audible - Get 3 months of Audible for just $6.95 a month by going to or text HOSTAGE to 500 500.&nbsp;
Dec 06, 2018
The Moscow Theater Hostage Crisis Pt. 2: Rescue Rehearsal
Unable to leave the auditorium of the Dubrovka Theater for over four days, the orchestra pit becomes the bathroom. Despite immense pressure to open talks, Putin insists everyone will get out alive... but did they?<br><br>Sponsors!<br><br>Care/of - For 25% off your first month of personalized Care/of vitamins, visit and enter code HOSTAGE.<br><br><br><br><br>
Nov 29, 2018
The Moscow Theater Hostage Crisis Pt. 1: Storming the Dubrovka
As leverage to force President Vladimir Putin to withdraw Russian forces from Chechnya in 2002, a band of 40-50 heavily armed Chechen rebels took hundreds of innocent people as hostage. The man behind the chaos: terrorist leader, Movsar Barayev. The state of Chechnya in the early 2000s only adds to the turmoil of the hostage situation. <br><br>Sponsors!<br><br>Parcast - Rate, review and subscribe to our new show <strong><em>Assassinations</em></strong> which premieres November 19th!
Nov 22, 2018
Bobby Greenlease Jr. Pt. 2: False Ransom
One day after Bobby was kidnapped by Carl Hall and Bonnie Heady, his parents received a ransom note for $600,000 in exchange for their son. They immediately turned to the FBI for help but was it too late?<br><br>Sponsors!<br><br>Parcast - We now have merch for sale! Head to now!
Nov 15, 2018
Bobby Greenlease Jr. Pt. 1: A Trusting Boy
Bobby was taken from his school by a woman claiming to be his aunt in 1953. Within hours, the school realized its mistake, but it was too late. The Greenleases received a ransom note demanding $600,000 in exchange for Bobby’s safe return. &nbsp;<br><br>Sponsors!<br><br>Parcast - Be sure to rate, review, and subscribe to our new podcast Kingpins!<br><br>
Nov 08, 2018
The Dos Palmas Kidnappings Pt. 2: Island Rescue
While staying at a lavish resort in the Philippines, visitors were held hostage by the the Abu Sayyaf militant group. Was this the trip of a lifetime or the last trip of their lives?<br><br><br>Sponsors!<br><br><br>Parcast - Be sure to rate, review, and subscribe to our new podcast Kingpins!
Nov 01, 2018
The Dos Palmas Kidnappings Pt. 1: Trouble In Paradise
On May 27, 2001 members of the Abu Sayyaf militant group took over a luxurious resort on a private island in the Philippines and took missionaries Martin and Gracia Burnham hostage.<br><br>Parcast - Subscribe to our new show Kingpins by searching KINGPINS where ever you listen to podcasts!&nbsp;
Oct 25, 2018
Patty Hearst Pt. 3: Captive of the SLA
After two months of fruitless negotiations, the FBI stopped trying to rescue a hostage, and started trying to catch a criminal. This week, we’ll look at the crimes Patricia committed under coercion, and her life on the run. How do you rescue a hostage who doesn’t want to be found?<br><br><br>
Oct 18, 2018
Patty Hearst Pt. 2: Girl on the Run
Blindfolded and locked in a closet for 57 days, Patricia Hearst was subjected to torture, abuse, and brainwashing. How did she survive? We examine her psyche, how she handled a death threat, and clips from the audio messages she was forced to record.&nbsp;<br><br><br>
Oct 18, 2018
Patty Hearst Pt. 1: The Kidnapping
Patricia Hearst lived every woman’s nightmare. She was violently taken from her own apartment, tied up, and thrown in the back of a stolen car. For the next two years, Patricia was held hostage. In our first episode, we explore the dramatic lead-up to Patricia’s kidnapping, and why her kidnappers were able to snatch the heiress from her apartment in under four minutes.
Oct 17, 2018
Welcome Trailer!
Every Thursday, Hostage transports you to a heart-pounding situation where innocent lives hang in the balance. We analyze the tactics used by the FBI’s crisis negotiation unit, world governments, and even bystanders, highlighting the techniques that saved lives, and the moments where everything went tragically wrong. Hostage is part of the Parcast Network and is a Cutler Media Production.
Oct 02, 2018