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Tales of True Crime

Turn off the lights, light some candles, and enjoy Tales of True Crime, a true crime podcast featuring sound effects, voice actors, carefully curated music, and stories about true crimes, both little-known and notorious. Hear episodes on serial killers like The Zodiac, plus tales of killers exposed after death by genetic genealogy, historic stories of true crime, and more! If you enjoy campfire stories, you’ll love Tales of True Crime. Download, listen and subscribe right now.

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The Murderer Who Escaped Execution to Become a Serial Killer

A convicted murderer is sentenced to death by hanging, only to escape the hangman's noose through a legal technicality. After serving time at Alcatraz, he's turned loose to become a serial killer and prey on women again.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

25mins

6 Sep 2019

Rank #1

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The Coldest Case Solved with Forensic Genealogy

A missing woman turns up murdered, a professional clown is the primary suspect, and it takes half a century to solve the crime.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

28mins

10 Feb 2020

Rank #2

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The Long Island Serial Killer

The search for Shannan Gilbert would yield unintended results, bodies, or perhaps more accurately, body parts, which would leave authorities no choice but to admit, a serial killer was at work on Long Island-a sinister savage with no regard for human lifeSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

15mins

17 Nov 2019

Rank #3

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No Address: The Search for the Zodiac Killer

In episode 4 we re-examine the crimes of The Zodiac and ponder the chances that the serial killer who terrorized Northern California more than a half-century ago might still be identified.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

35mins

20 Sep 2019

Rank #4

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John List and The Watcher of Westfield

Even in the suburbs, our neighbors are sometimes strangers, and the horror we dread is often just beneath the surface, waiting to be exposed, like a cemetery where they moved the headstones, but not the bodies. On more than one occasion, Westfield, New Jersey has been just such a place.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

38mins

23 Mar 2020

Rank #5

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The Serial Killer Who Accidentally Killed Himself

A woman reports she's been raped, but nobody believes her. The perpetrator, who rooms with a police officer, attacks another woman, but she disappears before he can be brought to trial and charges are dropped. By the time her body is found, he has accidentally killed himself. 44 years later, the authorities discover through a forensic genealogy investigation that he was an evildoer beyond expectation.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

32mins

24 Feb 2020

Rank #6

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A Death on Halloween and the Price of Redemption

A little girl is killed in a hit and run. It takes more than forty years to identify her killer, but the statute of limitations has run out and he cannot be prosecuted... And yet, he will still face justice.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

20mins

18 Oct 2019

Rank #7

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Is the Long Island Serial Killer a Cop?

A Police Officer in a marked vehicle is the most beyond reproach. Nobody questions why a police cruiser is parked along the road. You just move on with your day, keep a close eye on the rearview mirror and hope they dont have any questions for you.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

16mins

18 Dec 2019

Rank #8

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Who is the Long Island Serial Killer

If the murder victims found in the impenetrable marshes off Ocean Parkway were all killed by the same person, it means one faceless serial killer has been stalking New York for more than 20 years unidentified, with as many as 16 victims.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

17mins

4 Dec 2019

Rank #9

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Jeffrey Lynn Hand: Black Intentions

He got away with murder on an insanity defense... shot to death in 1978 attempting to abduct a woman, and decades after his death, he claimed another victim.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

27mins

26 Jan 2020

Rank #10