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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
Charley Ross Pt. 2: The Kidnapper's Pen-pal
After Charley was kidnapped on July 4, 1874 in Philadelphia, negotiations took place for over a year, stymied at every turn by police, politicians, and the public alike. No one but Charley's own father seemed to care that the fate of a four-year-old boy was caught in the crosshairs of a political nightmare.<br><br>Parcasters - We know you love stories where people overcome extreme odds, so you won't want to miss this week's episode of survival. Follow the story of the survivors who fought through one of the most intense tornadoes ever at
Apr 18, 2019
Charley Ross Pt. 1: America’s First Ransom Note
Two men earned Charley’s trust by bringing him and his brother candy every afternoon. One day in 1874, 4-year-old Charley and Walter Ross hopped into a carriage with these two men, thus beginning the first kidnapping for ransom in US History.<br><br>Sponsors!<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>
Apr 11, 2019
Virginia Piper Pt. 2
In 1972, Bobby struggled to follow the intricate directions left for him by his wife’s kidnappers, while she sat in the woods of Minneappolis, praying she had been taken by men of their word. But as dawn began to break, Virginia Piper was given reason to believe her kidnappers had abandoned her to die.<br><br>Parcasters - Thank you for listening to Hostage! If you're in the mood for another podcast with high stakes, check out Survival! Catch up on an incredible escape from a North Korean prison camp before next week's new story:<br><br>
Apr 04, 2019
Virginia Piper Pt. 1
When Minneapolis socialite Ginny Piper was kidnapped from her own home in 1972, the police struggled to unearth suspects. Her husband Bobby was prepared to pay ransom, but soon realized that one wrong move could leave his wife dead.<br><br>Sponsors!<br><br>Robinhood - Robinhood is giving listeners of Hostage a FREE stock like Apple, Ford, or Sprint to help you build your portfolio. Sign up at<br><br>
Mar 28, 2019
Natascha Kampusch Pt. 2
By the time she turned 18, Natascha promised herself she would escape her kidnapper. Between 2004 and 2006, the beaten, emaciated, but courageous teenager schemed to escape the man who took her hostage at 10-years-old. It was either escape, or die in a dungeon.&nbsp;<br><br>Parcasters - If you haven’t checked out our new show, Crimes of Passion, you’re missing out! Listen to our newest episodes on the Jodi Arias trial at<br><br>
Mar 21, 2019
Natascha Kampusch Pt. 1
Children were being abducted all over Austria, however Natascha Kampusch never thought anyone would want her. Little did she know that on a fateful spring morning in 1998, Natasha would be thrown into a van and abducted on her way to school. She would spend over 3,000 days in captivity, held in a small concrete cell where no one could hear her screams.<br><br>Parcasters - Hi Hostage fans! If you haven’t heard, Irma and Carter recently offered insight on a captivity oriented killer on our other podcast Serial Killers! Check it out here:;<br><br>
Mar 14, 2019
John McCain Pt. 2
After a year in captivity, John McCain had lost all hope of ever returning home. Then, in 1968, a new commander took control of the prison, and asked McCain to teach him English. McCain used his proximity to power to manipulate his North Vietnamese captors into special privileges, and established a network of secret communication throughout the Hoa Loa prison.&nbsp;<br><br>Parcasters - To learn about an iconic event in American history, check out our our new episode on John McCain on HOSTAGE, wherever you get your shows. Listen now at<br><br>Sponsors!<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>
Mar 07, 2019
John McCain Pt. 1
On October 26, 1967, young, audacious Naval Lieutenant John Sidney McCain III prepared for his 23rd mission over North Vietnam. This area was normally off-limits to fighter jets, but they had a mission to destroy a power plant in central Hanoi. Nobody thought the mission would result in McCain being held captive for close to 6 years.&nbsp;<br><br>Sponsors!<br><br>Robinhood - Get a FREE stock like Apple, Ford, or Sprint to help you build your portfolio. Sign up at<br><br>
Feb 28, 2019
Cynthia Ann Parker Pt. 2: A New Identity
After his 9-year-old daughter was kidnapped in 1836, James Parker made it his life mission to find her. Twenty-four years passed and Cynthia Ann Parker had adopted the Comanche way of life and birthed three children. She refused to return to white society and considered herself part of the Tribe.&nbsp;<br><br>Parcasters - If you are interested in stories of captivity and thrilling escape, check out other podcast CULTS, where we discuss the followers Aravindan Balakrishnan held prisoner in the name of workers’ rights. Listen now at<br><br>
Feb 21, 2019
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
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 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
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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
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Dec 31, 2013