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Case 151: Dan O’Connell & James Ellison

Residents of Hudson, Wisconsin are left rattled when funeral director Dan O’Connell and his trainee James Ellison are found shot to death in The O’Connell Family Funeral Home. The two were hardworking men with no known enemies and nothing about their murders seem to add up. --- Episode narrated by the Anonymous Host Researched by Jessica Forsayeth Written by Erin Munro Creative Director: Milly Raso For all credits and sources please visit casefilepodcast.com/case-151-dan-oconnell-james-ellison

1hr 30mins

1 Aug 2020

Rank #1

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Case 23: The Frankston Serial Killer (Part 2)

[Part 2 of 2] Part 2 of the Frankston Serial Killer. At the end of part 1 police had found out who owned the suspicious vehicle parked on Skye Road at the time of Natalie Russell's murder. Will it get them anywhere though? For all credits and sources please visit casefilepodcast.com/case-23-the-frankston-serial-killer-part-2

28mins

25 Jun 2016

Rank #2

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Case 21: Pamela Lawrence

On Monday the 23rd of May 1994, a violent storm hit the city of Perth, Western Australia. Peter Lawrence was starting to become concerned. It was getting late and his wife Pamela Lawrence hadn’t gotten home from work yet. He called her at 6:15 pm, when he didn’t get an answer he decided he had better go down and check on her…. For all credits and sources please visit casefilepodcast.com/case-21-pamela-lawrence

1hr 3mins

28 May 2016

Rank #3

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Case 24: Russell Street Bombing (Part 1)

[Part 1 of 2] Haros Avenue in Nunawading (Melbourne) presented a problem for the police surveillance team following the red Jaguar. It was a small dead-end street. No way to observe the house there bank robbery suspect was heading to, without being obvious… To avoid being detected the police had no choice but to let the suspect out of there sight. There was only one way in and out of Haros Avenue, so the suspect would have to come back past them eventually… For all credits and sources please visit casefilepodcast.com/case-24-russell-street-bombing-part-1

23mins

2 Jul 2016

Rank #4

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Case 68: Escape from Alcatraz

Following the failed 1946 escape turned violent siege, safety measures at Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary were made even more stringent and inmates were kept under harsher controls. In the decade following the Battle of Alcatraz, no further escapes were attempted. --- Researched and written by Milly Raso For all credits and sources please visit casefilepodcast.com/case-68-escape-alcatraz

1hr 1min

25 Nov 2017

Rank #5

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Case 26: Lisa Marie Young | Update

This is an update on the Lisa Marie Young case in Case 26. For all credits and sources please visit casefilepodcast.com/case-26-lisa-marie-young

5mins

23 Dec 2016

Rank #6

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Case 88: Stephen Hilder

Most people who try skydiving do it just once – it’s something to tick off the bucket list. But for a small minority, skydiving becomes an obsession, a way of life. While accidents are expected, skydiving deaths are uncommon. On the rare occasion that a jumper loses their life, a universal toast is given: “Blue skies, black death.” --- Episode narrated by the Anonymous Host Episode researched and written by Eileen Ormsby, author of ‘The Darkest Web – Drugs, Death and Destroyed Lives: The inside story of the internet’s evil twin.’ For all credits and sources please visit casefilepodcast.com/case-88-stephen-hilder

58mins

7 Jul 2018

Rank #7

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Case 112: Rachel Barber

15-year-old Rachel Barber was thrilled to make the move from a conventional high school to a special performing arts school in Melbourne’s inner-city suburb of Richmond. On the evening of March 1 1999, she waved goodbye to her classmates after making plans to meet them for breakfast the following morning. Little did they know, it was the last they’d ever see of her. --- Episode narrated by the Anonymous Host Researched and written by Gemma Harris, Elsha McGill, and Milly Raso For all credits and sources please visit casefilepodcast.com/case-112-rachel-barber

1hr 6mins

25 May 2019

Rank #8

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Case 11: Anneliese Michel

First came the seizures and sleep paralysis. Then came the hallucinations and violent behaviour. Anneliese Michel made endless visits to doctor’s and specialists only to be either referred to another doctor or placed on medication that wasn’t helping her. Her condition became so bad that at times she started to growl and speak in a horrific deep voice… For all credits and sources please visit casefilepodcast.com/case-11-anneliese-michel

44mins

19 Mar 2016

Rank #9

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Case 141: Natalee Holloway

18-year-old Natalee Holloway had been looking forward to her senior class trip to Aruba all year. The tropical vacation was a rite of passage for students at Mountain Brook High School, who celebrated their newfound freedom with five days of sightseeing, swimming and bottomless booze in the idyllic Caribbean location.  --- Episode narrated by the Anonymous Host Researched and written by Elsha McGill Creative Director: Milly Raso For all credits and sources please visit casefilepodcast.com/case-141-natalee-holloway

2hr 22mins

11 Apr 2020

Rank #10

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Case 76: Silk Road (Part 3)

[Part 3 of 3] The investigation into The Silk Road and Ross Ulbricht heats to boiling point as Homeland Security, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the FBI hone in on their suspect. Will Ulbricht’s attempts to create a new identity pay off and will his emergency plans succeed? --- Episode narrated by the Anonymous Host Researched and written by Victoria Dieffenbacher For all credits and sources please visit casefilepodcast.com/case-76-silk-road-part-3

1hr 1min

24 Feb 2018

Rank #11

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Case 104: Mark & John

In the early 2000s, the internet became increasingly affordable and readily available, which led to online chat rooms soaring in popularity. Logging into the local Manchester Teens chat room became a regular occurrence for 16-year-old Stockport student, “Mark”, who longed to find a girlfriend online. ---  Episode narrated by the Anonymous Host Episode researched and written by Eileen Ormsby, author of ‘The Darkest Web – Drugs, Death and Destroyed Lives: The inside story of the internet’s evil twin.’ For all credits and sources please visit casefilepodcast.com/case-104-mark-and-john

57mins

22 Dec 2018

Rank #12

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Case 86: Amy Allwine

When FBI agents received word that online hackers had cracked their way into the dark web and uncovered an Albanian murder-for-hire organisation known as the Besa Mafia, they never expected their investigations would lead them to the quiet suburbs of Cottage Grove, Minnesota. --- Episode narrated by the Anonymous Host Episode researched and written by Eileen Ormsby, author of ‘The Darkest Web – Drugs, Death and Destroyed Lives: The inside story of the internet’s evil twin.’ For all credits and sources please visit casefilepodcast.com/case-86-amy-allwine

1hr 16mins

9 Jun 2018

Rank #13

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Case 77: Mia Zapata

The evening of July 6, 1993, was a typical one for Mia Zapata. The 27-year-old was a staple of Seattle’s music scene, having fronted punk rock band The Gits since the group’s inception in Ohio in 1986. She spent the night at a live music venue, The Comet Tavern, before visiting a friend at their apartment. --- Opening poem titled; ‘Slaughter of Bruce’, written by Mia Zapata. Closing song titled; “Bob - Cousin O” performed by The Gits, written by Mia K Zapata, Matthew F Dresdner, Andrew L Kessler and John Stephen Moriarty © Fishheadhotdogburrito Music, licensed courtesy of Rogue Octopus.Episode narrated by the Anonymous Host Researched and written by Anna Priestland This episode's sponsors: MVMT Watches – Join the movement ZipRecruiter – Post your jobs for FREE Mafia – Brand-new podcast taking us into America’s criminal underworld For all credits and sources please visit casefilepodcast.com/case-77-mia-zapata

57mins

10 Mar 2018

Rank #14

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Case 111: Shauna Howe

In 1992, the children of Oil City, Pennsylvania were excited as Halloween approached. But when 11-year-old Shauna Howe fails to return home after a church Halloween party on October 27, the typically festive atmosphere quickly turns to one of anxiety and fear. ---  Episode narrated by the Anonymous Host Episode researched and written by Eileen Ormsby, author of ‘The Darkest Web – Drugs, Death and Destroyed Lives: The inside story of the internet’s evil twin.’ For all credits and sources please visit casefilepodcast.com/case-111-shauna-howe

1hr 7mins

18 May 2019

Rank #15

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Case 84: Lesley Molseed (Part 1)

[Part 1 of 2] On October 5 1975, April Molseed sent her 11-year-old daughter Lesley Molseed to the nearby corner store in Rochdale to buy a loaf of bread. Hours later, she still hadn’t returned. Fears quickly escalated when it was discovered that Lesley never made it to the shop at all. --- Episode researched and written by Milly Raso Additional edits by Tayla Vos  For all credits and sources please visit casefilepodcast.com/case-84-lesley-molseed-part-1

1hr 14mins

12 May 2018

Rank #16

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Case 113: Brendan Bernard

In February 2015, Victorian police were called to the eastern banks of the Maribyrnong River in Moonee Ponds after two passersby made a grim discovery. Floating downstream was a plastic grocery bag containing a human forearm. --- Episode narrated by the Anonymous Host Researched and written by Rick Best Edited by Milly Raso and Elsha McGill For all credits and sources please visit casefilepodcast.com/case-113-brendan-bernard

1hr 2mins

1 Jun 2019

Rank #17

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Case 109: Belanglo (Part 1)

[Part 1 of 5] In the late 1980s and early 1990s, backpackers from across the globe flocked to Australia in search of sun, surf and adventure. Although hitchhiking was frowned upon, it remained a popular option for those seeking a cheap, convenient method of transit. --- Episode narrated by the Anonymous Host Episode researched by the Anonymous Host Episode written by Elsha McGill For all credits and sources please visit casefilepodcast.com/case-109-belanglo-part-1

1hr 2mins

23 Mar 2019

Rank #18

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Case 47: Yara Gambirasio

The Italian town of Brembate di Sopra is home to a quiet, close-knit community, and like the other local youths, 13-year-old Yara Gambirasio felt safe navigating the streets alone. On November 26 2010, Yara left the town’s sports centre and didn’t hesitate to walk the 700-metre journey home by herself. However, when she failed to arrive, it turned out the streets of Brembate di Sopra weren’t as safe as everyone thought... ---  Researched and written by Anna Priestland For all credits and sources please visit casefilepodcast.com/case-47-yara-gambirasio

43mins

25 Feb 2017

Rank #19

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Case 147: Julie Dart & Stephanie Slater

On July 10 1991, 18-year-old Julie Dart disappeared after a night out in Leeds. Two days later, her boyfriend Dominic Murray received a letter from Julie that read: “Help me, please. I’ve been kidnapped and I’m being held as personal security… Please go and tell my mum straight away.” The following week, a group of farmers working in a field alongside an abandoned railway line come across Julie’s decomposing body. --- Episode narrated by the Anonymous Host Researched and written by Erin Munro Creative Director: Milly Raso For all credits and sources please visit casefilepodcast.com/case-147-julie-dart-and-stephanie-slater

2hr 11mins

20 Jun 2020

Rank #20