Rank #1: Introducing: Over My Dead Body
What happens when a seemingly-perfect marriage ends in a nasty divorce and someone ends up dead? Listen to Over My Dead Body today wherever you’re listening to this or www.wondery.fm/omdb.
Rank #2: HEADLONG: Missing Richard Simmons Returns
The team behind Missing Richard Simmons is back with another story the world got wrong. From an evangelical family who gave up their possessions in preparation for the apocalypse to the coders who fixed the Millennium Bug, Headlong: Surviving Y2K has stories from the Amageddon that wasn’t. Check it out in Apple Podcasts: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/headlong-surviving-y2k/id1203092300?mt=2
Rank #3: Introducing Sold In America
Here’s something new from the team here at Stitcher: Journalist and activist Noor Tagouri grew up thinking she knew everything about sex trafficking in the U.S. But when she embarks on a deeply personal, deeply reported journey, taking listeners into the world of selling sex in the United States, she realized the story is more complicated. Join Noor as she travels across the country to meet the human faces of this billion-dollar trade – and uncover its surprising misconceptions. Check out Sold In America in Apple Podcasts: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/sold-in-america/id1437315032?mt=2
Rank #4: Introducing Dear Franklin Jones
Growing up, Jonathan’s family was a little different. They followed a controversial spiritual leader named Franklin Jones. Join Jonathan on a journey to find out what really happened. Subscribe to Dear Franklin Jones, a new documentary podcast from Stitcher. Subscribe to Dear Franklin Jones in your favorite podcast app: Apple Podcasts: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/dear-franklin-jones/id1348032695?mt=2 Stitcher: http://www.stitcher.com/s?fid=172342
Rank #5: BONUS — Heaven's Gate #1: The Seekers
Here's the first full episode of a new podcast from Stitcher, Heaven's Gate, hosted by Glynn Washington. The Heaven's Gate faithful weren't freaks or space cadets. They were regular people, hungry for something more. They were seekers. Hear the next chapter: subscribe to Heaven’s Gate now in Stitcher, Apple Podcasts, or wherever you listen. Subscribe in Apple Podcasts: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/heavens-gate/id1292069401?mt=2
Rank #6: BONUS — Introducing Heaven's Gate
Introducing a new show from Stitcher, Heaven’s Gate. In 1997, thirty-nine people took their own lives in an apparent mass suicide. The events captivated the media and had people across the planet asking the same question…’Why?’ Here’s a first glimpse through Heaven’s Gate - as told by family, followers, experts, and the leaders themselves. Whatever you think you know - prepare to be surprised. Hosted by Glynn Washington. You can hear Episode 1 and subscribe to Heaven’s Gate now in Stitcher, Apple Podcasts, or wherever you listen. Subscribe in Apple Podcasts: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/heavens-gate/id1292069401?mt=2
Rank #7: Episode 12: Memorial
55 years after the Boston Strangler murders first began, and despite decades of investigation, the search for answers continues. Although we may never know the truth about what happened to these women, we can draw some conclusions about the likely killers, and we can reach a new understanding about how crimes like this occur. In our final episode, Adele Roof, once nearly a victim herself, joins host Portland Helmich on a touching, thought-provoking journey back to Boston.
Rank #8: Episode 11: Digging Up the Past
Doubts and confusion about the identity of the Boston Strangler didn’t end with the death of lead suspect Albert DeSalvo. In fact, a small but determined group of family members and journalists continued to investigate the many unresolved questions surrounding the case--including the chilling possibility that some stranglers continued to live freely. In this episode, host Portland Helmich talks to Casey Sherman, nephew of victim Mary Sullivan (profiled in Episode 1) about his unlikely effort to exonerate DeSalvo. We learn about the existence of new forensic evidence, and about the strange, post-Strangler career of another major suspect: he moved to Michigan, and—perhaps coincidentally—a new series of murders began.
Rank #9: Episode 10: Fame and Consequences
Boston is gripped by fear once again after Albert DeSalvo escapes from Bridgewater State Hospital. But imprisonment never stops the man most people believed to be the Boston Strangler from communicating with—and attempting to manipulate—those outside. In this episode, we get an exclusive glimpse of DeSalvo’s extensive correspondence with his pursuer, Detective Phil DiNatale. DeSalvo never left prison again, but host Portland Helmich follows Phil DiNatale to Hollywood, where he became an official advisor and major character in the very successful 1968 film, The Boston Strangler. While the movie solidified many of the publicly accepted myths about the stranglings, DeSalvo’s mysterious death in prison only adds to the confusion surrounding the Strangler’s identity.
Rank #10: Episode 9: Testimony
Albert Desalvo said he committed all the Strangler murders, but he would never be tried for those crimes. Instead, he would stand trial for his crimes as the Green Man. DeSalvo’s wily lawyer, F. Lee Bailey, used DeSalvo’s violent history and his reputation as the Boston Strangler to assert that his client was not guilty by reason of legal insanity. In this episode, we’ll follow the prosecution and defense as they attempt to sway the jury, and we'll hear chilling trial excerpts. We’ll also learn how one popular '50s television sitcom may have given Albert DeSalvo the rationale he needed to invade the homes of hundreds—perhaps thousands—of women.