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The Trail Went Cold

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A true crime podcast hosted by Robin Warder

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A true crime podcast hosted by Robin Warder

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Love Robin! Love the podcast!

By Amanda L. Smith, LCSW - Jan 11 2020
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I’ve listened to each episode. This podcast is a favorite.

Awesome Podcast

By Niesy B - Dec 23 2019
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I truly enjoy this podcast. Robin is a wonderful host and he chooses great content!

iTunes Ratings

1777 Ratings
Average Ratings
1347
197
74
72
87

Love Robin! Love the podcast!

By Amanda L. Smith, LCSW - Jan 11 2020
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I’ve listened to each episode. This podcast is a favorite.

Awesome Podcast

By Niesy B - Dec 23 2019
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I truly enjoy this podcast. Robin is a wonderful host and he chooses great content!
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The Trail Went Cold

Latest release on Jan 22, 2020

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A true crime podcast hosted by Robin Warder

Rank #1: The Trail Went Cold – Episode 3 – David Cox

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January 5, 1994. A former Marine named David Cox vanishes from his home in Medfield, Massachusetts and is found shot to death three months later. In 1986, Cox had been involved in a controversial “Code Red” hazing incident while stationed at Guantanamo Bay, which would inspire the hit movie, “A Few Good Men”. When Cox saw the movie, he organized a lawsuit and became an outspoken critic of both the film and the U.S. military’s activities in Cuba. Did Cox’s actions eventually lead to his death? Join me for a new episode of “The Trail Went Cold”, as I analyze the unsolved murder of David Cox.

Additional Reading:

https://unsolved.com/gallery/david-cox/

https://www.baltimoresun.com/news/bs-xpm-1994-04-10-1994100064-story.html

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The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote.

All music is composed by Vince Nitro.

Mar 16 2016

28mins

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Rank #2: The Trail Went Cold – Episode 96 – The Keddie Cabin Murders

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April 12, 1981. Keddie, California. 36-year old Sue Sharp, her 15-year old son John Sharp, and John’s 17-year old friend, Dana Wingate, are found brutally murdered inside Cabin 28 at the Keddie Resort. Sue’s 12-year old daughter, Tina Sharp, is missing and her skeletal remains would be discovered in a remote area three years later. Sue’s two youngest sons, along with a 12-year old family friend named Justin Smartt spent the night in a separate bedroom and were left unharmed. Over the years, the investigation would uncover two promising suspects who happened to live in another cabin at the resort. Were these two men responsible for the Keddie Cabin Murders? Was there was a cover-up by law enforcement which allowed them to escape justice? Did Justin Smartt witness the murders and block the event from his memory? Were other suspects involved in the crime? For our special Halloween episode of “The Trail Went Cold”, we will be examining an infamous case which was voted on by our listeners. Special thanks to listeners Kelly Campbell, Stuart Davis, William McCormick and Stephanie Kurtz for narrating sections of today’s episode.

Additional Reading:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keddie_murders

http://keddie28.com

https://www.plumasnews.com/keddie-murders-revisited/

https://www.plumasnews.com/keddie-murders-revisited-following-the-clues/

https://www.plumasnews.com/keddie-murders-revisited-part-3-hypnosis-counselors-revelations-mob-connections/

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The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote.

All music is composed by Vince Nitro.

Oct 31 2018

55mins

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Rank #3: The Trail Went Cold – Episode 4 – Rhonda Hinson

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December 22, 1981. 19-year old Rhonda Hinson attends an office Christmas party in Hickory, North Carolina. Sometime after midnight, Rhonda is driving back home when she is struck by a bullet fired from a high-powered rifle, killing her instantly and causing her car to crash into the ditch. Incredibly, the bullet manages to travel through the vehicle’s trunk, back seat, and driver’s seat, striking Rhonda in the heart and killing her instantly. The seemingly impossible fatal shot, along with a strange eyewitness sighting of an unidentified man at the scene, has led to debate about whether Rhonda was deliberately targeted or the unfortunate victim of a freak accident. Join me for a new episode of “The Trail Went Cold”, as I analyze the baffling murder of Rhonda Hinson.

Additional Reading:

http://unsolved.com/archives/rhonda-hinson

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2015/12/22/who-killed-rhonda-family-looks-for-answers-in-34-year-old-cold-case-murder.html

http://www.morganton.com/news/rhonda-hinson-s-murder-turns/article_4c9fab6e-95be-5084-99af-44a4f7e9e7bc.html

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The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote.

All music is composed by Vince Nitro.

Mar 30 2016

25mins

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Rank #4: The Trail Went Cold – Episode 112 – The Springfield Three

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June 7, 1992. Springfield, Missouri. After an evening of partying following their high school graduation, 19-year old Suzie Streeter and her 18-year old friend, Stacy McCall, decide to spend the night at Suzie’s house alongside Suzie’s 47-year old mother, Sherrill Levitt. They are last seen shortly after 2:00 AM, but later that day, Suzie, Stacy, and Sherrill, a.k.a. “The Springfield Three”, are all discovered to be missing from the house. The scene contains some bizarre clues, including a broken globe from the porch light and an odd answering machine message which is inadvertently erased, but no evidence of forced entry or a struggle. Over the years, there would be a number of leads, such as a convicted criminal who claimed to know what happened to the victims and a tip that their bodies were buried underneath the parking garage of a local hospital, but no trace of the Springfield Three is ever found. For our special three-year anniversary show of “The Trail Went Cold”, we will be chronicling one of the famous and puzzling missing persons cases of all time, which was voted on by our listeners. Special thanks to listener Anna Long for narrating the opening of this episode.

Additional Reading:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Springfield_Three

http://charleyproject.org/case/stacy-kathleen-mccall

http://charleyproject.org/case/suzanne-elizabeth-streeter

http://charleyproject.org/case/sherrill-elizabeth-levitt

https://web.archive.org/web/20141031034010/http://archive.news-leader.com/article/20020603/NEWS01/60608049/Three-Missing-Women-Ten-Years-Later-Part-1-5

http://streeterfamilyblogg.blogspot.com

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The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote.

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Feb 20 2019

1hr 12mins

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Rank #5: The Trail Went Cold – Episode 147 – The Lewis Clark Valley Murders

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September 12, 1982. Lewiston, Idaho. 21-year old Kristina Nelson and her 18-year old stepsister, Jacqueline “Brandy” Miller, leave Kristina’s apartment, but never return. That very same night, 35-year old Steven Pearsall vanishes after being dropped off at his workplace, the Lewiston Civic Theatre, where Kristina had previously held Steven’s job as a janitor. The disappearances are believed to be connected and a year-and-a-half later, Kristina and Brandy’s remains are found at the bottom of a ravine. Investigators explore potential connections with two other cold cases which took place within the Lewis-Clark Valley: the 1979 disappearance of 12-year old Christina White and the 1981 murder of 22-year old Kristin David. They turn up a promising person of interest who seems to link these cases together, but there is not enough evidence to charge with any of the crimes. Was a serial killer responsible for the murders of all five of these victims? This week’s episode of “The Trail Went Cold” explores one of the craziest stories we’ve ever covered: the Lewis-Clark Valley Murders.

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Additional Reading:

http://charleyproject.org/case/steven-r-pearsall

http://charleyproject.org/case/christina-lee-white

https://www.spokesman.com/stories/2017/aug/22/lewiston-law-enforcement-gives-fresh-look-at-unsol/

https://www.krem.com/article/news/crime/lewiston-clarkston-couple-create-documentary-on-late-70s-serial-killer/413396771

https://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/ids-cold-valley-doc-explores-unsolved-lewis-clark-murders-disappearances-you-can-only-hide-for-so-long

https://www.investigationdiscovery.com/crimefeed/id-shows/on-tv0/in-pursuit-with-john-walsh/articles/ava-baldwin-kathryn-baldwin-abducted-from-san-antonio-2015

https://www.altereddimensions.net/2014/lewis-clark-valley-serial-killer-lewiston-clarkson-asotin-washington-idaho-killer-remains-free

https://www.facebook.com/LCVSK/

https://vimeo.com/51442715

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The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote.

All music is composed by Vince Nitro.

Oct 30 2019

56mins

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Rank #6: The Trail Went Cold – Episode 150 – Amy Billig

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March 5, 1974. Coconut Grove, Florida. 17-year old Amy Billig phones her father from her home and arranges to meet him at his workplace in order to borrow money to have lunch with friends. Amy is last hitchhiking next to a highway, but she never shows up to meet her father or her friends and is subsequently reported missing. After being informed that Amy was abducted by a gang of bikers, her mother, Susan Billig, spends the next several years attempting to track her down and even encounters a biker who claims to have bought and owned Amy for a time. The Billig family also has to endure two decades’ worth of harassing phone calls from another man who claims to have kidnapped Amy, but even after the caller is identified and arrested, no trace of Amy is ever found. Was Amy Billig actually abducted and held captive by bikers? Was the tormenting caller responsible for Amy’s disappearance? Or could an unknown third party have murdered her instead? This week’s episode of “The Trail Went Cold” chronicles one of the most convoluted missing persons cases we’ve ever covered, which has still not found a conclusive resolution after 45 years.

Additional Reading:

“Without a Trace: The Disappearance of Amy Billig” by Greg Aunapu and Susan Billig

https://unsolvedmysteries.fandom.com/wiki/Amy_Billig

http://charleyproject.org/case/amy-billig

http://www.nytimes.com/1995/12/03/us/the-night-caller-21-years-of-unspeakable-grief.html

http://people.com/archive/the-night-caller-vol-45-no-8/

https://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/fl-xpm-1998-02-26-9802250754-story.html

https://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/crime/article226721904.html

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The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote.

All music is composed by Vince Nitro.

Nov 20 2019

54mins

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Rank #7: The Trail Went Cold – Minisode 32 – Sarah Fox

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May 19, 2004. New York City. After leaving her apartment, 21-year old Julliard student Sarah Fox does not return and is found strangled to death in a wooded area at Inwood Hill Park six days later. Her nude body is posed in a ritualistic fashion and surrounded by two dozen tulip petals. A suspect named Dimitry Sheinman eventually pops up on the radar and claims that he had visions of the murder. As the years pass by, Sheinman starts claiming that Sarah is communicating with him from beyond the grave, but no evidence connects him to the crime. Did Dimitry Sheinman actually murder Sarah Fox, or is he nothing more than an attention-seeking glory hound? We attempt to answer that question on what will be our last official minisode of “The Trail Went Cold”.

Additional Reading:

http://nypost.com/2014/05/11/juilliard-murder-suspect-claims-victim-talks-to-him/

http://www.nj.com/gloucester-county/index.ssf/2014/05/10_years_after_sarah_foxs_murder_gifted_south_jersey_actress_still_inspires.html

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/sarah-fox-case-dna-match-linking-2004-julliard-student-murder-scene-to-occupy-wall-street-protest-a-lab-error-official-says/

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The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote.

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Nov 15 2017

27mins

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Rank #8: The Trail Went Cold – Episode 106 – Karen Denise Wells

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April 12, 1994. Carlisle, Pennsylvania. 23-year old Karen Denise Wells has left on a cross-county road trip from her hometown in Oklahoma in order to visit her friend, Melissa Shepard, in New Jersey. After checking into a motel, Denise phones Melissa and asks her to come meet her there, but when Melissa arrives, Denise has vanished. Later that morning, Denise’s abandoned rental car is discovered 35 miles away on a remote road. The gas tank is empty and it turns out there are 700 miles on the vehicle’s odometer which cannot be accounted for. Investigators eventually start noticing discrepancies in Melissa’s story, leading them to believe she is withholding information about Denise’s disappearance. What actually happened to Karen Denise Wells? Why did her vehicle wind up in such a remote area? Where did those additional 700 miles on her odometer come from? This week’s episode of “The Trail Went Cold” chronicles one of the more baffling missing persons cases we’ve ever covered.

Additional Reading:

http://charleyproject.org/case/karen-denise-wells

https://www.abc27.com/news/midstate-mystery-the-disappearance-of-karen-denise-wells/

https://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2009/04/evidence_sparse_in_15yearold_d.html

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Jan 09 2019

45mins

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Rank #9: The Trail Went Cold – Episode 46 – Tommy Burkett

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December 1, 1991. Herndon, Virginia. The parents of 21-year old Tommy Burkett return home to find him dead in his bedroom, the apparent victim of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. When the authorities arrive, Tommy’s parents are immediately taken aback by their suspicious behaviour and notice strange discrepancies to make them believe their son did not commit suicide. Upon further investigation, they find evidence to suggest Tommy might have been murdered for doing undercover work with the Drug Enforcement Administration on his university campus and that a massive cover-up surrounds his death. Did Tommy Burkett actually take his own life, or did many people conspire to have him killed? On this week’s episode of “The Trail Went Cold”, we tackle one of the most suspicious suicide cases you’ll ever come across. Special thanks to listener Eve Davis for providing the opening narration for today’s episode.

Additional Reading:

https://unsolved.com/gallery/tommy-burkett/

http://unsolvedmysteries.wikia.com/wiki/Thomas_Burkett

http://www.dcdave.com/article4/020704.htm

http://web.archive.org/web/20051105020746/http://thepacc.org:80/

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The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote.

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Nov 08 2017

53mins

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Rank #10: The Trail Went Cold – Episode 69 – Jacqueline Levitz

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November 18, 1995. Vicksburg, Mississippi. 62-year old Jacqueline Levitz, the wealthy widowed heiress to a furniture empire, vanishes from her home. Two days later, blood stains and evidence of a violent struggle are discovered inside her bedroom, creating the impression that Jacqueline met with foul play. Over the years, numerous suspects would be investigated, including members of Jacqueline’s family, her recently deceased husband’s family, workmen from a construction crew remodelling her home, and a mother-and-son con artist duo who would be convicted of the murder of another wealthy missing woman years later. However, no has ever been linked to Jacqueline Levitz’s unsolved disappearance, so this week’s episode of “The Trail Went Cold” will explore all the different theories of what might have happened.

Additional Reading:

http://charleyproject.org/case/mary-jacqueline-levitz

http://edition.cnn.com/2002/LAW/11/11/ctv.levitz/

https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/lifestyle/1995/12/10/an-armchair-mystery/650e8d04-b468-4605-837a-b07be2a18d59/?utm_term=.93bb29a2b1e2

http://articles.latimes.com/1995-12-02/news/mn-9493_1_levitz-furniture

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The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote.

All music is composed by Vince Nitro.

Apr 25 2018

37mins

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Rank #11: The Trail Went Cold – Episode 35 – Cindy Anderson

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August 4, 1981. Toledo, Ohio. 20-year old Cindy Anderson shows up for her job as a legal secretary at a law firm. Later that morning, Cindy’s co-workers arrive at the locked office and are surprised to discover that she has vanished. A romance novel is lying on Cindy’s desk and is open to a page describing a scene where a woman is abducted. This would only be one of many bizarre clues in a missing persons case which includes some haunting graffiti, a pair of chilling anonymous phone calls describing Cindy’s abduction, and a drug trafficking ring involving one of the lawyers at the firm. In this week’s episode of “The Trail Went Cold”, we chronicle the baffling unsolved disappearance of Cindy Anderson.

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Additional Reading:

http://www.unsolved.com/gallery/cynthia-anderson/

http://charleyproject.org/case/cynthia-jane-anderson

http://www.toledoblade.com/local/2011/08/04/Woman-s-disappearance-a-mystery-after-30-years.html

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The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote.

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Jun 07 2017

39mins

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Rank #12: The Trail Went Cold – Episode 72 – Blair Adams

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July 11, 1996. Knoxville, Tennessee. The body of 31-year old Blair Adams is discovered in a parking lot. He is nude from the waist down with $4,000 worth of American, Canadian and German currency scattered around his body, and the cause of death is determined to be a violent blow which ruptured his stomach. Blair hails from Surrey, British Columbia and had suddenly quit his job three days earlier before embarking on a 4,000-mile cross-country trip. He had been exhibiting paranoid behaviour and seemed convinced someone was trying to kill him, but shortly after arriving in Knoxville, he inexplicably wound up dead under bizarre circumstances. This week’s episode of “The Trail Went Cold” covers a highly requested mystery, which ranks as one of the all-time most baffling unsolved deaths. Special thanks to listener Christy Tarver for providing the opening narration for this episode.

Additional Reading:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murder_of_Blair_Adams

http://unsolved.com/gallery/blair-adams/

https://www.knoxnews.com/story/news/crime/2017/09/11/unsolved-canadian-blair-adams-raced-knox-county-slain-half-nude-his-gold-untouched/610262001/

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The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote.

All music is composed by Vince Nitro.

May 16 2018

45mins

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Rank #13: The Trail Went Cold – Episode 82 – Jonathan Luna

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December 3, 2003. Baltimore, Maryland. While working on a plea agreement, 38-year old prosecutor Jonathan Luna leaves his office at the Federal District Court Building shortly before midnight. The following morning, Luna’s vehicle is discovered over 90 miles away in a rural creek in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania and his body is lying in the water. He has been stabbed 36 times with his own penknife, but while the Lancaster County Coroner’s Office are certain Luna was murdered, the FBI believe his death might have been a suicide. An investigation into Luna’s movements only opens up more questions, as he inexplicably made a detour through Delaware before travelling to Pennsylvania. Was Jonathan Luna a victim of foul play? And what was the purpose of his lengthy road trip? This week’s episode of “The Trail Went Cold” examines one of the most baffling unexplained deaths we have ever encountered.

Additional Reading:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jonathan_Luna

https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/magazine/a-decade-later-prosecutor-lunas-death-still-a-mystery/2013/12/10/211e2ab8-f563-11e2-aa2e-4088616498b4_story.html?utm_term=.d5e0800ed279

https://lancasteronline.com/news/the-curious-case-of-jonathan-luna/article_4e09be61-673f-54a5-a19b-ef95f509e542.html

https://www.e-education.psu.edu/geog885/sites/www.e-education.psu.edu.geog885/files/file/Luna%20Case%20Study/CS10.pdf

https://www.e-education.psu.edu/geog885/sites/www.e-education.psu.edu.geog885/files/file/Luna%20Case%20Study/CS10-2.pdf

“The Midnight Ride of Jonathan Luna” by William Keisling

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Jul 25 2018

50mins

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Rank #14: The Trail Went Cold – Episode 15 – Tommy Zeigler (Part 1)

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Christmas Eve 1975. Winter Garden, Florida. Police respond to call for help at the W.T. Zeigler Furniture Store and find one of the store’s owners, 30-year old Tommy Zeigler, bleeding from a gunshot wound to the abdomen. Inside, they discover that four people have been murdered: Tommy’s wife, Eunice Zeigler; her parents, Perry and Virginia Edwards; and a customer named Charlie Mays. Tommy claims he was attacked and shot by unknown intruders, but authorities believe Tommy committed the murders himself and that his gunshot wound is self-inflicted. Months later, he is put on trial and sentenced to death. However, the prosecution’s case was shaky at best and over the years, evidence has emerged to cast doubt on the conviction. Tommy Zeigler has remained on death row for over 40 years, but has never stopped maintaining his innocence and his supporters continue to fight to get him released. This is undoubtedly the most convoluted case “The Trail Went Cold” has ever profiled, so we will be making this a two-part episode. This week, Part 1 will chronicle the incredible series of events surrounding this horrific crime and the controversial trial of Tommy Zeigler.

Additional Reading:

“Fatal Flaw: A True Story of Malice and Murder in a Small Southern Town” by Philip Finch

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/breaking-news/os-tommy-zeigler-medill-justice-project-20160308-story.html

http://www.tampabay.com/news/courts/defense-seeks-touch-dna-to-question-death-row-inmates-guilt/2236115

http://tommyzeiglerisinnocent.com

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The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote.

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Aug 31 2016

56mins

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Rank #15: The Trail Went Cold – Episode 31 – Holly Staker

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August 17, 1992. Waukegan, Illinois. While babysitting two children, 11-year old Holly Staker is sexually assaulted and brutally murdered inside their apartment. Two months later, a suspect named Juan Rivera is brought in for questioning and confesses to the murder after four straight days of interrogation. He is subsequently convicted and receives a life sentence, but no physical evidence links Rivera to the crime and the veracity of his confession is called into question. After Rivera serves 19 years in prison, DNA evidence eventually links Holly’s death to another murder… but could another innocent person also be serving time in prison for that particular crime? This week, we present one of our most shocking episodes of “The Trail Went Cold”, which examines a truly egregious wrongful conviction and two brutal murders committed by an unknown perpetrator who has yet to be identified.

Additional Reading:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Juan_Rivera_(wrongful_conviction)

https://www.law.umich.edu/special/exoneration/Pages/casedetail.aspx?caseid=3850

https://courts.illinois.gov/opinions/AppellateCourt/2011/2ndDistrict/December/2091060.pdf

http://www.law.northwestern.edu/legalclinic/wrongfulconvictions/exonerations/documents/rivera_brief.pdf

http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2014-06-10/news/chi-dna-links-murder-and-rape-of-holly-staker-11-to-second-murder-8-years-later-20140610_1_holly-staker-dna-evidence-dna-match

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Apr 12 2017

48mins

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Rank #16: The Trail Went Cold – Episode 33 – The Orange Sock Murders

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January 6, 1982. Breckenridge, Colorado. After finishing her shift at work, 29-year old Bobbie Oberholtzer phones her husband to say she is going out for drinks with friends. Bobbie never returns home and is found shot to death the following day. Strangely, an orange sock which does not belong to Bobbie is found at the murder scene. Six months later, the body of a 21-year old missing woman named Annette Schnee is found and she is wearing the matching orange sock. This piece of evidence suggests that both victims were murdered on the same night by the same perpetrator at different locations. But who could have been responsible for such a brazen crime, and was there more than one person involved? On this week’s episode of “The Trail Went Cold”, we examine the infamous unsolved case known as the “Orange Sock Murders”.

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Additional Reading:

http://unsolved.com/archives/bobbie-jo-oberholzer-annette-kay-schnee

http://blogs.denverpost.com/coldcases/2014/12/06/breckenridge/9583/

http://www.rockymountaincoldcase.com/

“Monster” by Steve Jackson

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May 10 2017

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Rank #17: The Trail Went Cold – Episode 6 – Laureen Rahn

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April 26, 1980. Manchester, New Hampshire. Judith Rahn goes out of town, leaving her 14-year old daughter, Laureen, alone at their apartment. When Judith returns home late that night, she discovers that one of Laureen’s friends is sleeping in her bed, but Laureen herself is missing without explanation. Over the next few years, there would be several strange leads to suggest that Laureen somehow wound up in California, including some unexplained calls on Judith’s phone bill and an unlikely connection to a notable porn star. Each clue in this case seems to be a piece of a large jigsaw puzzle which doesn’t quite fit together. Join me for a new episode of “The Trail Went Cold”, as I attempt to analyze the truly bizarre unsolved disappearance of Laureen Rahn

Additional Reading:

http://charleyproject.org/case/laureen-ann-rahn

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Apr 27 2016

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Rank #18: The Trail Went Cold – Episode 91 – Amanda Tusing & Dana Stidham

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June 14, 2000. Jonesboro, Arkansas. 20-year old Amanda Tusing leaves her fiancee’s apartment to drive home to her parents’ house, but never arrives. Her abandoned car is soon discovered by the side of the highway, but there is no sign of Amanda. Days later, her body is found in a waterlogged ditch over 12 miles away, but there are no signs of sexual assault and the exact cause of death cannot be determined. The identity of Amanda’s killer, as well as the motive for the crime, remain unknown.

July 25, 1989. Bella Vista, Arkansas. After driving away from a grocery store, 17-year old Dana Stidham fails to return to her parents’ house and her abandoned vehicle is found next to the highway the following morning. Less than two months later, Dana’s skeletal remains are discovered in a shallow grave in a remote wooded area. The investigation focuses on a high school classmate of Dana’s who was infatuated with her and displayed suspicious behaviour after her death, but there is not enough evidence to implicate him.

On this week’s episode of “The Trail Went Cold”, we examine two unsolved murders involving young women from Arkansas whose vehicles were found abandoned by the side of the highway. Could these crimes possibly be connected? Special thanks to listener Jamie Winn for providing the opening narration for this episode.

Additional Reading:

https://www.aymag.com/why-mandy-the-case-of-a-murder-without-motive-part-2/

http://www.kait8.com/story/19881165/region-8-cold-case-amanda-tusing

https://www.nbcnews.com/feature/cold-case-spotlight/no-answers-29-years-after-murder-arkansas-teen-dana-stidham-n893546

https://www.tulsaworld.com/archive/hair-sample-triggers-dispute/article_05fb6d8e-3b06-5de7-98a3-f0d327d49860.html

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Sep 26 2018

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Rank #19: The Trail Went Cold – Episode 95 – Chris Jenkins

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October 31, 2002. Minneapolis, Minnesota. 21-year old university student Chris Jenkins celebrates Halloween by going to a local bar with friends. After he is ejected from the establishment, Chris vanishes without a trace and his body is found in the Mississippi River four months later. While police initially believe that Chris’ death was an accidental drowning, his family uncovers disturbing discrepancies to suggest his body was not in the river the entire time he was missing and that he was a victim of foul play. After four years, the Minneapolis police chief reopens the investigation, reclassifies Chris’ death as a homicide, and issues an apology to the Jenkins family. What actually happened to Chris Jenkins after he left the bar? Could his death somehow be connected to the infamous “Smiley face murder theory”? This week’s episode of “The Trail Went Cold” examines a truly baffling Halloween night mystery.

Additional Reading:

http://www.startribune.com/strange-case-of-son-s-death-propels-mom-on-tireless-quest/82751737/

https://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/11/20/jenkins

https://www.twincities.com/2007/07/31/no-charges-for-now-against-suspect-in-college-students-02-death/

http://www.nbcnews.com/id/38601514/ns/solve_my_mystery/t/investigators-notes/#.W8jIv2hKhO-

“Case Studies in Drowning Forensics” by Kevin Gannon & D. Lee Gilbertson

“Footprints of Courage: Our Family’s Struggle for Justice – Inside the Chris Jenkins Murder Investigation” by Jan Jenkins

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Oct 24 2018

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Rank #20: The Trail Went Cold – Episode 130 – Tara Breckenridge

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August 4, 1992. Houston, Texas. While working her shift as a waitress at a strip club, 23-year old Tara Breckenridge volunteers to go home early. Tara leaves at around 12:30 AM, but when she fails to return to her apartment by morning, Tara’s boyfriend, Wayne Hecker, goes searching for her. Wayne soon discovers Tara’s abandoned car next to a freeway and the vehicle’s alternator belt is missing. Wayne becomes a potential suspect, as his relationship with Tara was troubled and he has a shaky alibi during the approximate time period Tara went missing, but there is no evidence implicate anyone. Was Wayne actually responsible for Tara’s disappearance? Or could she have been victimized by one of her patrons at the strip club? We shall explore all the different theories, as we cover a baffling missing persons case on this week’s episode of “The Trail Went Cold”. Special thanks to listener Cheryl Weldon for providing the opening narration for this episode.

Additional Reading:

https://unsolved.com/gallery/tara-breckenridge/

http://charleyproject.org/case/tara-suzette-breckenridge

https://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/texas/article/She-left-work-25-years-ago-then-disappeared-10925781.php

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Jun 26 2019

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The Trail Went Cold – Episode 158 – Ezzat Aboul-Hosn

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May 20, 1982. Kendall, Florida. A fire breaks out at the home of 30-year old Ezzat Aboul-Hosn and a badly burned body is found pinned underneath a car inside his garage. The body is tentatively identified as Ezzat and after it is determined that a leaky fuel line caused the fire, his death is ruled to be accidental. However, after Ezzat’s sister collects on a substantial life insurance policy, investigators become suspicious and eventually discover that the victim’s teeth do not match Ezzat’s dental records. Evidence suggests that Ezzat faked his death and fled to his home county of Lebanon, but he is never actually found. Did Ezzat Aboul-Hosn successfully get away with murder? If so, then who was the unidentified man killed in the fire? We shall attempt to answer these questions, as we explore one of the most bizarre stories we’ve ever covered on this week’s episode of “The Trail Went Cold”.

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Additional Reading:

The Argus-Press (Feb. 19, 1983)

The Lewiston Daily Sun (Feb. 21, 1983)

The Lakeland Ledger (March 4, 1983)

Detroit Free Press (March 4, 1983)

The Dispatch (March 5, 1983)

https://old.reddit.com/r/UnresolvedMysteries/comments/4akuak/oc_the_death_of_ezzat_aboulhosn/

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Jan 22 2020

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The Trail Went Cold – Episode 157 – Jamie Stickle

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February 8, 2002. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. After closing up the bar she manages and drinking at various clubs in the downtown area, 33-year old Jamie Stickle drives back home to her apartment. Shortly thereafter, Jamie’s Jeep Wrangler is found engulfed in flames near her front door and her badly burned body is in the driver’s seat. Since some of Jamie’s personal items are scattered on the ground and there is a blood trail at the scene, this seems to indicate a violent attack, but investigators are unable to determine how exactly the fire started. As a result, there is not enough concrete evidence to classify Jamie’s death as a homicide and her cause of death is officially ruled to be “undetermined”. Was Jamie the victim of foul play or was she actually killed in a freak accident? If it was murder, who was responsible and what could their motive have been? This week’s episode of “The Trail Went Cold” explores a truly perplexing cold case which has stumped investigators for the past two decades. In addition, we will also briefly discuss the brutal unsolved murder of Catherine Corkery, which took place in Pittsburgh on July 22, 1989.

Additional Reading:

https://www.pghcitypaper.com/pittsburgh/unsolved-murder-has-many-keys/Content?oid=1337516

http://www.pghcitypaper.com/pittsburgh/north-side-death-still-mourned-and-mysterious/Content?oid=1334804

https://archive.triblive.com/news/4-years-and-no-leads-in-north-side-death/

https://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2012/02/06/For-family-of-Jamie-Stickle-search-for-clues-to-her-death-never-ends/stories/201202060215

https://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2019/04/29/kdka-mysteries-jamie-stickle-burning-jeep/

“Who Killed… Pittsburgh, Pa?” by Jack Swint

https://patch.com/pennsylvania/dormont-brookline/unsolved-cases-catherine-corkery-afd942dd

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Jan 15 2020

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The Trail Went Cold – Episode 156 – Don Smith & Philip Fraser

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May 16, 1987. Denver, Colorado. After a collision with another vehicle, the unidentified driver of a pick-up truck runs away from the accident scene. Police discover that the man was registered at a local motel under the name “Larry Monroe” and the truck is registered to a 55-year old California resident named Don Smith. Five days earlier, Don had left on a road trip to visit relatives and his murdered body is eventually discovered in a remote area of Idaho. Before his death, several witnesses saw Don in the company of a man matching the description of the mysterious “Larry Monroe”, but the suspect is never found.

June 18, 1988. 40 Mile Flats, British Columbia. After leaving his home in Anchorage, Alaska on a lengthy road trip to Washington state, 23-year old Philip Fraser stops at a remote café and agrees to give a ride to a hitchhiker. The following evening, Philip’s abandoned, burned-out vehicle is discovered at a car wash in Prince George and his murdered body is found in a remote gravel pit one month later. On the same day Philip went missing, a couple had come across the hitchhiker with Philip’s car and allowed him to spend the night in their home. Evidence suggested that this man was attempting to assume Phillip’s identity, but investigators are unable to track him down.

On this week’s episode of “The Trail Went Cold”, we cover two unsolved cold cases in which the victims were murdered after picking up an unidentified hitchhiker.

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Additional Reading:

https://unsolved.com/gallery/don-smith/

https://unsolvedmysteries.fandom.com/wiki/Donald_Smith

https://unsolved.com/gallery/philip-innes-fraser/

https://unsolvedmysteries.fandom.com/wiki/Philip_Innes_Fraser

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Jan 08 2020

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The Trail Went Cold – Episode 155 – Update!

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Since “The Trail Went Cold” originally launched in February 2016, we have featured over 200 unsolved cold cases on the podcast, but a decent number of these cases have either wound up being solved or had some significant developments take place. Examples include the disappearance of Pamela Butler, the murder of Jodine Serrin, the disappearance of 12-year old Jonelle Matthews, and the murder of an unidentified Jane Doe known only as “Orange Socks”. In this special “update” episode of “The Trail Went Cold”, we will kick off 2020 by chronicling all the major developments which have occurred in these stories over the past four years. Special thanks to actress Kaniehtiio Horn for providing the opening narration on this episode. Please check out her podcast, “A Coffee With My Ma”. This episode also contains a promo for the true crime podcast, “Already Gone”.

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Additional Reading:

http://charleyproject.org/case/pamela-j-butler

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/public-safety/eight-years-after-pamela-butler-disappeared-from-her-dc-home-her-killer-admits-guilt/2017/10/06/5c8134e2-aa9f-11e7-92d1-58c702d2d975_story.html

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/public-safety/imprisoned-for-killing-one-woman-dc-area-man-is-charged-with-murder-in-another-womans-death/2019/10/18/d1700a2a-f1ca-11e9-89eb-ec56cd414732_story.html

https://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/local/jodine-serrin-carlsbad-cold-case-murder-suspect-david-mabrito/168412/

https://www.statesman.com/news/20190807/40-years-after-her-death-debra-jackson-of-abilene-identified-as-orange-socks

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/el-dorado-jane-doe_n_5c48cc72e4b025aa26bf852d

https://www.candgnews.com/news/judge-overwhelming-evidence-in-galloway-case-114983

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-49661128

https://coloradosun.com/2019/10/01/jonelle-matthews-greeley-police-murder-cold-case-pankey/

https://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-andrea-kuiper-identification-20170512-htmlstory.html

https://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/arizona-best-reads/2018/12/23/hatbox-baby-great-arizona-mystery-new-clues-solve-sharon-elliott/2301185002/

https://www.pennlive.com/news/2019/08/tracy-kroh-timeline-years-of-searching-recently-an-arrest-but-will-the-mystery-finally-end.html

https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/new-witness-backs-up-gardas-theory-that-trevor-deely-killed-in-row-with-gang-38755889.html

https://www.providencejournal.com/news/20171218/tempest-convicted-second-time-in-1982-murder

https://www.tampabay.com/news/florida/2019/10/19/state-attorney-rejects-death-row-inmates-dna-appeal/

https://www.star-telegram.com/news/local/crime/article235188057.html

https://lostnfoundblogs.com/f/dale-kerstetter-gone-platinum

https://lostnfoundblogs.com/f/dale-kerstetter-gone-platinum-2-the-mystery-deepens

https://the-record-newspaper.tumblr.com/archive

https://www.cleveland.com/crime/2019/12/newburgh-heights-police-tiffin-university-students-partner-up-to-investigate-1981-cold-case-death-of-kurt-sova.html

https://www.cbs46.com/news/exclusive-a-possible-crack-in-the-cold-cases-of-mary/article_38603214-f6c1-11e9-b397-97fdb9832a0f.html

https://www.oxygen.com/the-disappearance-of-the-millbrook-twins/crime-news/disappearance-of-the-millbrook-twins-richmond

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Jan 01 2020

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The Trail Went Cold – Episode 154 – The Walker Family Murders

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December 19, 1959. Osprey, Florida. After spending the day running errands and visiting a family friend, 25-year old Cliff Walker, his 24-year old wife Christine, and their two children, three-year old Jimmie and 23-month old Debbie, head back to their rural home in separate vehicles. The following morning, the family’s bodies are discovered inside their house. They were each shot in the head before Debbie was drowned in the bathtub and Christine has also been sexually assaulted. Over the next several decades, investigators would look at a number of different suspects, but two of the most promising turn out to be Perry Smith and Richard Hickock, who were responsible for the murder of the Clutter family in Kansas one month earlier, a crime which became the subject of the iconic book, “In Cold Blood”. However, DNA testing on the deceased killers turns out to be inconclusive and there is no evidence to conclusively implicate anyone. This week’s episode of “The Trail Went Cold” covers the harrowing murders of an entire family which have remained unsolved for 60 years. Special thanks to listener Alanna LaForce for providing the opening narration for this episode.

Additional Reading:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walker_family_murders

“In Colder Blood” by J.T. Hunter

http://www.heraldtribune.com/news/20051218/unsolved

http://www.heraldtribune.com/news/20051219/the-suspects-a-litany-of-names-and-clues

http://www.heraldtribune.com/news/20051220/a-last-hope-dna-could-crack-the-case

http://www.heraldtribune.com/news/20121209/what-if-in-cold-blood-got-it-wrong-about-walker-murders

http://www.heraldtribune.com/news/20121209/what-in-cold-blood-said

http://www.heraldtribune.com/news/20130813/no-dna-link-between-walker-murders-in-cold-blood-killers

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Dec 18 2019

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The Trail Went Cold – Episode 153 – Katrina Ploy

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December 17, 2006. Sydney, Australia. After spending the day with her family, 25-year old Katrina Ploy drives away from her parents’ house. Hours later, Katrina’s abandoned car and some of her possessions are found next to an oceanside cliff known as “The Gap”, but Katrina herself is missing. Katrina’s body is found floating in Sydney Harbour on Christmas Day, but since she has no noticeable injuries, the evidence suggests she did not fall off the cliff and entered the water at another location. An investigation reveals lot of complications in Katrina’s personal life, including a secret relationship with a former biker, sexual harassment at her workplace, and rumours about her being linked to powerful figures from organized crime. In the end, a coronial inquest fails to turn up any conclusive answers about what caused Katrina’s death or who might have been responsible. Join us as we travel down under to explore a baffling Australian mystery on this week’s holiday-themed episode of “The Trail Went Cold”.

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Additional Reading:

https://www.police.nsw.gov.au/can_you_help_us/rewards/100000_reward/murder_of_katrina_ploy

https://amp.news.com.au/lifestyle/real-life/mystery-meeting-may-hold-clue-to-murder-of-katrina-ploy/news-story/e90bb0e4114a10bb5bef75f7055c9e89

https://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2010-08-06/cliff-suicide-coroner-delivers-open-finding/935070

https://www.smh.com.au/national/death-at-the-gap-she-was-harassed-20070125-gdpbnc.html

https://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/nation/ex-bikie-wont-talk-to-cops-about-death/news-story/a9cf556d51f431ebb77686314f4e4385

https://www.smh.com.au/national/gap-death-woman-had-wanted-to-die-20100803-1149y.html

https://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2010-08-03/cliff-death-coroner-issues-warrant-for-ex-boyfriend/930586

https://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/nation/hitman-linked-to-sydney-suicide-probe/news-story/42de32ce5ddf73d43644fc8ad69ea1e0

https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/five-key-suspects-in-bizarre-gap-murder-case/news-story/28c6f3e522726be191c69e6ec9392643?sv=32c6650a304da0466b92a82196e07f5c

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Dec 11 2019

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The Trail Went Cold – Episode 152 – Melvin Horst

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December 27, 1928. Orrville, Ohio. Four-year old Melvin Horst leaves his home to play in the neighbourhood with friends, but never returns and a search of the area fails to turn up any trace of him. Over the course of the next two years, a number of different suspects would be arrested after allegations surface that Melvin’s disappearance was a revenge scheme orchestrated by local bootleggers because his uncle was the town marshal and rigidly enforced Prohibition. Two suspects are convicted of Melvin’s presumed abduction before their sentences are overturned while two other men make questionable confessions which cannot be backed up by evidence. Was Melvin Horst actually abducted by criminals who were involved in bootlegging? If so, could he have been passed around and raised under a new identity somewhere? On this week’s episode of the “The Trail Went Cold”, we cover the oldest unsolved missing children’s case in the history of Ohio, a crazy story which captured the entire nation’s attention when it happened.

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Additional Reading:

http://charleyproject.org/case/melvin-charles-horst

https://www.cleveland.com/news/2019/07/a-missing-child-can-never-be-forgotten-police-surviving-sister-seek-answers-in-1928-disappearance-of-orrville-boy.html

http://strangec.blogspot.com/2019/06/the-lost-boy-mystery-of-melvin-horst.html

“Unsolved Murders & Disappearances in Northeast Ohio” by Jane Ann Turzillo

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Dec 04 2019

55mins

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The Trail Went Cold – Episode 151 – The Las Cruces Bowling Alley Massacre

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February 10, 1990. Las Cruces, New Mexico. A pair of armed gunmen enter a bowling alley called the Las Cruces Bowl and bring everyone inside into the manager’s office. After stealing money from the safe, the assailants fire several bullets into seven people before fleeing the scene. Three of the victims – 33-year old Ida Holguin, 34-year old Stephanie Senac, and her 12-year old daughter, Melissia Repass – manage to survive the shooting, but the four other victims – 13-year old Amy Houser, 26-year old Steven Teran, his six-year old stepdaughter Paula Holguin, and his two-year old daughter Valerie Teran – wind up dead. While the crime generates a lot of publicity, the two perpetrators are never found or identified, and there is a lot debate about whether robbery was actually the true motive for this crime. This week’s episode of “The Trail Went Cold” explores the “Las Cruces Bowling Alley Massacre”, one of the most horrific and senseless crimes ever featured on the podcast. Special thanks to listener Rob Polanco for providing the opening narration for this episode.

Additional Reading:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Las_Cruces_bowling_alley_massacre

https://www.cnn.com/2015/02/05/us/bowling-alley-massacre-anniversary/index.html

https://www.kob.com/albuquerque-news/30-years-later-bowling-alley-massacre-still-unsolved/5523494/

https://unsolved.com/gallery/bowling-alley-murder/

http://www.lcsun-news.com/story/news/crime/2016/02/09/bowl-alley-massacre-case-remains-unsolved-26-years-later/80089278/

https://www.foxnews.com/us/new-mexico-murders-still-a-mystery-after-21-years#ixzz1wBH3crfh

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Nov 27 2019

38mins

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The Trail Went Cold – Episode 150 – Amy Billig

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March 5, 1974. Coconut Grove, Florida. 17-year old Amy Billig phones her father from her home and arranges to meet him at his workplace in order to borrow money to have lunch with friends. Amy is last hitchhiking next to a highway, but she never shows up to meet her father or her friends and is subsequently reported missing. After being informed that Amy was abducted by a gang of bikers, her mother, Susan Billig, spends the next several years attempting to track her down and even encounters a biker who claims to have bought and owned Amy for a time. The Billig family also has to endure two decades’ worth of harassing phone calls from another man who claims to have kidnapped Amy, but even after the caller is identified and arrested, no trace of Amy is ever found. Was Amy Billig actually abducted and held captive by bikers? Was the tormenting caller responsible for Amy’s disappearance? Or could an unknown third party have murdered her instead? This week’s episode of “The Trail Went Cold” chronicles one of the most convoluted missing persons cases we’ve ever covered, which has still not found a conclusive resolution after 45 years.

Additional Reading:

“Without a Trace: The Disappearance of Amy Billig” by Greg Aunapu and Susan Billig

https://unsolvedmysteries.fandom.com/wiki/Amy_Billig

http://charleyproject.org/case/amy-billig

http://www.nytimes.com/1995/12/03/us/the-night-caller-21-years-of-unspeakable-grief.html

http://people.com/archive/the-night-caller-vol-45-no-8/

https://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/fl-xpm-1998-02-26-9802250754-story.html

https://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/crime/article226721904.html

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Nov 20 2019

54mins

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The Trail Went Cold – Episode 149 – Robert Hoagland

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July 28, 2013. Newtown, Connecticut. 50-year old Robert “Hoagy” Hoagland is last seen mowing the lawn outside his house. The following day, his wife, Lori, returns from a trip to Turkey, but Hoagy fails to pick her up at the airport as scheduled. When Lori returns home, she discovers that her husband is missing and that his vehicle and all of his personal possessions have been left behind. Investigators explore the possibility that Hoagy’s disappearance might be connected to drug addiction issues involving his son, Max, and a recent confrontation Hoagy had with some of Max’s criminal associates. However, they also cannot rule out the idea that Hoagy disappeared voluntarily, as he had once run away from his family on a previous occasion. This week’s episode of “The Trail Went Cold” explores a truly perplexing missing persons case in which there is no conclusive evidence to suggest what happened.

Additional Reading:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disappearance_of_Robert_Hoagland

https://www.nbcconnecticut.com/news/local/Newtown-Man-Missing-for-Nearly-a-Year-268545472.html

https://www.newstimes.com/policereports/article/Newtown-man-s-disappearance-featured-on-TV-show-7954415.php

https://www.newstimes.com/policereports/article/Man-s-disappearance-still-a-riddle-4757047.php

https://www.newstimes.com/local/article/Six-months-after-Newtown-man-s-disappearance-no-5218083.php#photo-5843666

http://www.newstimes.com/local/article/Newtown-man-s-disappearance-troubles-loved-ones-a-5677519.php

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Nov 13 2019

38mins

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The Trail Went Cold – Episode 148 – Joan Gay Croft

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April 9, 1947. Woodward, Oklahoma. Four-year old Joan Gay Croft is taken to the local hospital after an F5 tornado devastates her hometown and takes the lives of over 100 people, including her mother. While Joan Gay and her half-sister are recovering from injuries in the basement, two men show up and take her away. They claim that they are taking Joan Gay to another hospital to see her family, but she is never seen again. Over the next several decades, there would be a number of odd developments, including an anonymous E-mailer claiming to be Joan Gay. Did Joan Gay Croft go on living her life under a new identity? If so, who were the two unidentified men who took her? Could she still be alive today? This week’s episode of “The Trail Went Cold” explores a truly baffling mystery surrounding one of the worst tornados in history.

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Additional Reading:

http://www.doenetwork.org/cases/2557dfok.html

https://newsok.com/article/2468875/dna-test-may-solve-47-year-old-woodward-mystery-woman-believes-shes-joan-gay-croft

http://www.tulsaworld.com/news/woodward-mystery-believed-solved/article_0fb79ae6-33a1-5c44-9938-f9559581419e.html

http://newsok.com/where-is-mystery-woman-connected-to-1947-woodward-tornado/article/3666941

https://newsok.com/article/2609396/woman-seeks-cousin-lost-after-tornado

https://www.enidnews.com/opinion/after-years-joan-croft-still-a-mystery/article_9eefe3d7-1ca3-5af8-a438-efe4e2d71ea9.html

http://kfor.com/2016/05/05/search-still-on-for-woodward-5-year-old-who-vanished-after-tornado-69-years-ago/

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Nov 06 2019

48mins

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The Trail Went Cold – Episode 147 – The Lewis Clark Valley Murders

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September 12, 1982. Lewiston, Idaho. 21-year old Kristina Nelson and her 18-year old stepsister, Jacqueline “Brandy” Miller, leave Kristina’s apartment, but never return. That very same night, 35-year old Steven Pearsall vanishes after being dropped off at his workplace, the Lewiston Civic Theatre, where Kristina had previously held Steven’s job as a janitor. The disappearances are believed to be connected and a year-and-a-half later, Kristina and Brandy’s remains are found at the bottom of a ravine. Investigators explore potential connections with two other cold cases which took place within the Lewis-Clark Valley: the 1979 disappearance of 12-year old Christina White and the 1981 murder of 22-year old Kristin David. They turn up a promising person of interest who seems to link these cases together, but there is not enough evidence to charge with any of the crimes. Was a serial killer responsible for the murders of all five of these victims? This week’s episode of “The Trail Went Cold” explores one of the craziest stories we’ve ever covered: the Lewis-Clark Valley Murders.

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Additional Reading:

http://charleyproject.org/case/steven-r-pearsall

http://charleyproject.org/case/christina-lee-white

https://www.spokesman.com/stories/2017/aug/22/lewiston-law-enforcement-gives-fresh-look-at-unsol/

https://www.krem.com/article/news/crime/lewiston-clarkston-couple-create-documentary-on-late-70s-serial-killer/413396771

https://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/ids-cold-valley-doc-explores-unsolved-lewis-clark-murders-disappearances-you-can-only-hide-for-so-long

https://www.investigationdiscovery.com/crimefeed/id-shows/on-tv0/in-pursuit-with-john-walsh/articles/ava-baldwin-kathryn-baldwin-abducted-from-san-antonio-2015

https://www.altereddimensions.net/2014/lewis-clark-valley-serial-killer-lewiston-clarkson-asotin-washington-idaho-killer-remains-free

https://www.facebook.com/LCVSK/

https://vimeo.com/51442715

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Oct 30 2019

56mins

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The Trail Went Cold – Episode 146 – Janett Christman

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March 18, 1950. Columbia, Missouri. 13-year old Janett Christman shows up at a married couple’s residence to spend the evening babysitting their child. When the couple returns home, they discover that Janett has been raped and strangled to death by an intruder, and the local sheriff’s department would report having received a phone call from Janett while she was being attacked. The investigation uncovers a promising suspect named Robert Mueller, whom Janett had also babysat for, but there is not enough evidence to make an arrest. Four years earlier, another young Columbia woman was murdered in a strikingly similar fashion and a suspect went to the gas chamber for the crime. But could an innocent man have been executed while the real killer went on to murder Janett Christman? On this week’s Halloween-themed episode of “The Trail Went Cold”, we explore a creepy unsolved crime which inspired an infamous urban legend.

Additional Reading:

https://www.columbiatribune.com/article/20100307/News/303079884

https://web.archive.org/web/20180412110956/https://insidecolumbia.net/2015/10/01/who-killed-janett-christman/

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Oct 23 2019

48mins

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The Trail Went Cold – Episode 145 – David Stone & Devin Williams

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October 31, 1988. Hidalgo County, New Mexico. 29-year old David Stone, a stock market analyst from California, is seen wandering through the desert and exhibiting strange behaviour. Two days later, David’s abandoned car is discovered next to the highway, but David himself is nowhere to be found. Search efforts uncover a number of cryptic clues David left behind to suggest he was on some sort of spiritual journey related to the New Age movement. Over three years later, David’s remains are discovered in the desert, but the exact circumstances of his death remain unknown.

May 28, 1995. Coconino County, Arizona. 28-year old Devin Williams, a long-haul truck driver from Kansas, recklessly drives semi-trailer truck into Tonto National Forest before it becomes stuck in some mud. After Devin exits the truck, witnesses see him displaying bizarre behaviour before he takes off into the woods and disappears. Devin had been in the midst of transporting a shipment from California to Kansas until he drove over 60 miles off-course for unknown reasons. Two years later, Devin’s skull is discovered near the bottom of a cliff, but no one can figure out his cause of death or why he wound up in the forest to begin with.

In this month’s first Halloween-themed episode of “The Trail Went Cold”, we explore two odd cases in which a victim went missing after acting strangely before they were subsequently found dead.

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Additional Reading:

https://unsolvedmysteries.fandom.com/wiki/David_Stone

“The Prescott Courier” (April 14, 1992)

https://unsolved.com/gallery/devin-williams/

https://web.archive.org/web/20140817081532/http://cjonline.com/stories/051697/skull.html

https://www.sitcomsonline.com/boards/archive/index.php/t-157772.html

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Oct 16 2019

48mins

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The Trail Went Cold – Episode 144 – Sydney Land & Neo Kaufmann

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October 27, 2016. Las Vegas, Nevada. 21-year old Sydney Land and her 20-year old boyfriend, Nehemiah “Neo” Kaufmann, are found shot to death inside Sydney’s apartment. The prime suspect is an alleged pimp named Shane Valentine, who had threatened the couple and fired a bullet into the home of Neo’s mother weeks earlier. Allegations eventually emerge that whoever committed the murders might be tied to a scandal involving police corruption and sex trafficking, and that a cover-up has been orchestrated to prevent the crime from being solved. This episode of “The Trail Went Cold” explores a convoluted case which was requested to us by Sydney’s mother, Connie Land, who is still seeking justice for her daughter’s murder.

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Additional Reading:

https://baltimorepostexaminer.com/who-killed-my-daughter/2019/06/07

https://baltimorepostexaminer.com/nevada-supreme-court-ruling-judge-melanie-andress-tobiasson-wins-round-one/2019/05/14

https://baltimorepostexaminer.com/las-vegas-judge-melanie-andress-tobiasson-vice-detectives-wanted-me-and-my-daughter-dead/2019/04/01

https://baltimorepostexaminer.com/why-is-the-las-vegas-media-silent-on-judge-melanie-andress-tobiasson/2019/03/15

https://baltimorepostexaminer.com/las-vegas-judges-statement-to-judicial-investigator-about-klas-tv-interview-conflicts-with-statement-made-to-the-baltimore-post-examiner/2019/03/01

https://baltimorepostexaminer.com/las-vegas-judge-melanie-andress-tobiasson-says-she-threatened-suspect-in-unsolved-murders-then-kicked-in-his-door/2019/02/26

https://baltimorepostexaminer.com/fbi-agents-behavior-during-las-vegas-corruption-probe-led-to-inquiry/2019/02/24

https://baltimorepostexaminer.com/las-vegas-detective-calls-baltimore-post-examiner-story-on-unsolved-murders-filth-and-filled-with-lies/2019/02/21

https://baltimorepostexaminer.com/exclusive-witness-claims-las-vegas-judge-melanie-andress-tobiasson-offered-her-a-bribe-to-implicate-innocent-man-in-unsolved-murder-case/2019/02/18

https://baltimorepostexaminer.com/did-las-vegas-d-a-steve-wolfson-and-sheriff-joe-lombardo-cover-up-corruption/2019/02/09

https://baltimorepostexaminer.com/las-vegas-sex-trafficker-who-is-suspect-in-unsolved-double-homicide-threatened-victims-weeks-before-the-murders/2019/02/04

https://baltimorepostexaminer.com/las-vegas-judge-melanie-andress-tobiasson-who-exposed-police-corruption-faces-constant-retaliation/2019/01/25

https://baltimorepostexaminer.com/judge-claims-fbi-refused-information-on-police-corruption-probe-after-pressure-from-lvmpd/2019/01/21

https://baltimorepostexaminer.com/exclusive-affidavits-provide-insight-las-vegas-fbi-corruption-probe-las-vegas-metro-police-department/2018/05/19

https://baltimorepostexaminer.com/whos-running-fbi-las-vegas-division-las-vegas-metro-police-department-fbi/2018/05/17

https://baltimorepostexaminer.com/las-vegas-police-department-tells-fbi-stop-talking-judge-corruption/2018/05/15

https://baltimorepostexaminer.com/not-special-special-prosecutor-gives-convicted-las-vegas-pimp-sweetheart-deal/2018/05/15

https://baltimorepostexaminer.com/las-vegas-sex-trafficker-prison-life-may-released-amidst-police-corruption-probe/2018/05/13

https://www.nevadacurrent.com/2018/06/07/plea-deal-raises-questions-about-ties-between-cops-and-pimps/

https://lasvegassun.com/news/2018/oct/26/2-years-later-mother-presses-for-break-in-case-of/

http://news3lv.com/news/local/a-new-break-and-a-familiar-person-of-interest-in-young-couples-murder

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Oct 09 2019

55mins

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The Trail Went Cold – Episode 143 – Charlie Anderson and Carol Montecalvo

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January 24, 1987. Burbank, California. 35-year old Charlie Anderson, a deputy with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, returns to his suburban home with his wife and two children. He is shot to death after entering the house in what appears to be a burglary gone wrong. Over one year later, 43-year old Carol Montecalvo is shot to death inside her home, which is located only four blocks away from the Anderson residence, creating suspicion that the two crimes are connected. However, Carol’s husband, Dan Montecalvo, is eventually convicted of her murder, but maintains they were both attacked by intruders. Even though a woman named Suzan Brown confesses to being involved in both these crimes, her claims are dismissed. Was Dan Montecalvo actually responsible for his wife’s murder? Did the same person who shot Carol also kill Charlie Anderson? Or could Charlie have actually been murdered by someone he knew and trusted? We shall examine both these cases on this week’s episode of “The Trail Went Cold” and explore their possible connections.

Additional Reading:

https://unsolved.com/gallery/charlie-anderson/

https://www.dailynews.com/2007/01/29/probe-ongoing-in-cops-slaying/

http://articles.burbankleader.com/2002-01-26/news/export11305_1_burbank-police-off-duty-police-officer-tim-stehr

http://articles.latimes.com/1988-04-02/news/mn-524_1_hearing-shots

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dan_Montecalvo_case

https://unsolvedmysteries.fandom.com/wiki/Dan_Montecalvo

“Final Vows: Murder, Madness and Twisted Justice in California” by Karen Kingsbury

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Oct 02 2019

49mins

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The Trail Went Cold – Episode 142 – Ireland’s Vanishing Triangle

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March 26, 1993. Dublin, Ireland. 26-year old Annie McCarrick, an American-born citizen living in Ireland, leaves her apartment to travel to the Wicklow Mountains, but never returns. Even though Annie is allegedly seen in a pub that night with an unidentified man, no trace of her is ever found. Over the course of the next five years, eight other women – 39-year old Eva Brennan, 22-year old Imelda Keenan, 21-year old Jo Jo Dullard, 17-year old Ciara Breen, 25-year old Fiona Pender, 19-year old Fiona Sinnott and 18-year old Deirdre Jacob – would vanish within a triangularly-shaped radius surrounding Dublin. This leads to speculation that some or all of the disappearances might be connected and the area becomes known as “Ireland’s Vanishing Triangle”. On this week’s episode of “The Trail Went Cold”, we travel overseas to explore eight separate unsolved missing persons cases. Special thanks to listener Dara Mahon for providing the opening narration for this episode.

Additional Reading:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ireland%27s_Vanishing_Triangle

https://www.irishcentral.com/culture/irelands-vanishing-triangle-missing

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Annie_McCarrick

http://charleyproject.org/case/annie-bridget-mccarrick

“Missing: The Unsolved Cases of Ireland’s Missing Women and Children” by Barry Cummins

“Missing, Presumed” by Alan Bailey

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Larry_Murphy_(criminal)

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Sep 25 2019

54mins

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The Trail Went Cold – Episode 141 – David Bocks

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June 19, 1984. Fernald, Ohio. 39-year old Dave Bocks shows up to work the graveyard shift at the Fernald Feed Materials Production Center, a plant which processes uranium for nuclear weapons. Dave vanishes before his shift ends and evidence soon emerges that he fell into some molten liquid inside one of the plant’s furnaces. The authorities initially suspect that Dave could have committed suicide and find no evidence of foul play, but months later, the plant is implicated in a major scandal involving radioactive contamination, leading to speculation that Dave was murdered for threatening to blow the whistle on unsafe practices at his workplace. Did Dave Bocks jump or accidentally fall to his death inside a 1,300-degree furnace? Or did someone kill him and intentionally place his body in there? This week’s episode of “The Trail Went Cold” chronicles the controversial story of a plant which endangered a farming community and the unexplained death of one of its workers.

Additional Reading:

https://unsolved.com/gallery/dave-bocks/

https://unsolvedmysteries.fandom.com/wiki/Dave_Bocks

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fernald_Feed_Materials_Production_Center

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Sep 18 2019

45mins

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The Trail Went Cold – Episode 140 – Michele Harris

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September 11, 2001. Tioga County, New York. 35-year old Michele Harris finishes her evening shift at her workplace, but never returns home. The following morning, Michele’s abandoned minivan is discovered on a road next to the driveway of her family’s rural property. Suspicion turns towards Michele’s estranged husband, Cal Harris, as the couple are in the midst of a heated divorce and tiny specks of blood are soon found inside their residence. Years later, Cal is charged with Michele’s murder and found guilty, but the case would undergo four trials and two overturned convictions while the defence points the finger at alternate suspects. Cal is finally acquitted of the crime in 2016, but Michele’s body is never found. Was Cal Harris actually responsible for his wife’s disappearance, or did someone else murder Michele? This week’s episode of “The Trail Went Cold” is one of the most convoluted cases we’ve ever covered, chronicling a disappearance which just happened to take place only 200 miles from New York City on one of the most infamous dates in history.

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Additional Reading:

http://charleyproject.org/case/michele-anne-harris

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/48-hours-presents-cal-harris-the-final-verdict/

https://www.pressconnects.com/story/news/local/2016/05/27/cal-harris-timeline/85036744/

https://www.cnn.com/2016/05/24/us/cal-harris-murder-trial-verdict/index.html

https://www.pressconnects.com/story/news/crime/cal-harris/2017/02/14/cal-harris-accused-menacing-harassment-oneonta/97891914/

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Sep 11 2019

1hr 8mins

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The Trail Went Cold – Bonus Episode – Kent Heitholt

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“The Trail Went Cold” is taking a break this week after a busy summer of live shows and conventions! In place of a brand new episode, please enjoy this Patreon-exclusive bonus episode from last year covering the case of Kent Heitholt. Robin covered this same case at the Ottawa Podcast Festival in August 2019.

November 1, 2001. Columbia, Missouri. Kent Heitholt, a 48-year old sports editor for the Columbia Daily Tribune, is severely beaten and strangled to death in their parking lot. Two-and-a-half years later, investigators are led towards a young suspect named Charles Erickson, who has told people he had vivid dreams of himself and his friend, Ryan Ferguson, murdering Kent after leaving a nearby bar that night. After Charles confesses to the crime, both he and Ryan are charged with Kent’s murder and Charles’ testimony helps convict Ryan and send him to prison for 40 years. However, after Charles and another key witness recant their testimony, Ryan’s conviction is vacated and he is released from prison in 2013. Even though many feel that Charles is also innocent of the crime, he continues to remain incarcerated. If Ryan Ferguson and Charles Erickson did not murder Kent Heitholt, then who did? On this month’s bonus Patreon episode, we explore one of the most infamous wrongful conviction cases in recent memory which has yet to find a definitive resolution. 

Additional Reading:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ryan_W._Ferguson

https://www.law.umich.edu/special/exoneration/Pages/casedetail.aspx?caseid=4304

http://www.freecharleserickson.org/index.html

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The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote.

All music is composed by Vince Nitro.

Sep 04 2019

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