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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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I just love this podcast!! Keep up the great work, your doing wonderful.

Superb podcast.

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The only reason Monday isn't so bad. He's thorough, smart, and we'll researched.

iTunes Ratings

1589 Ratings
Average Ratings
1207
181
69
63
69

Wonderful

By Emmieshere - Sep 23 2019
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I just love this podcast!! Keep up the great work, your doing wonderful.

Superb podcast.

By Slappy Ham - Sep 19 2019
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The only reason Monday isn't so bad. He's thorough, smart, and we'll researched.

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A true crime podcast hosted by Robin Warder

Rank #1: The Trail Went Cold – Episode 139 – The Short Family Murders

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August 15, 2002. Bassett, Virginia. 50-year old Michael Short and his 36-year old wife, Mary, are found shot to death inside their home, but the couple’s nine-year old daughter, Jennifer, is missing. Over one month later, Jennifer’s remains are discovered over 30 miles away in a rural area of North Carolina and it turns out she has been shot to death as well. The investigation turns up some promising leads, including a person of interest named Garrison Bowman, as well as an eyewitness sighting of an unidentified man who was seen parked across the street from the Short residence in a truck on the morning of the murders. However, these leads fail to bring about a resolution and no one can figure out a motive for this crime. On this week’s episode of “The Trail Went Cold”, we explore the truly horrific and baffling unsolved murders of an entire family. Special thanks to listener Jackie Elliott for providing the opening narration for this episode.

Additional Reading:

https://www.martinsvillebulletin.com/news/local/short-case-timeline/article_55042b5d-f433-5452-ab8d-e5519441a59a.html

https://www.roanoke.com/news/virginia/mystery-of-who-killed-the-shorts-remains-unsolved-year-after/article_3b8582e5-a76c-59ca-b84a-74af81dd9eec.html

https://www.greensboro.com/friend-witness-wasn-t-fleeing-john-beasley-says-garrison-bowman/article_5a9adebc-249e-58af-9728-54576c95e5dd.html

https://www.greensboro.com/angry-landlord-fingered-bowman-friends-say-gary-lemons-was-furious/article_3b513ad9-d436-560a-84d0-a622c8bd6bb5.html

https://www.roanoke.com/news/virginia/man-s-life-upturned-i-didn-t-know-them/article_f7037a40-68dd-5ccc-82f6-30519e08a2d7.html

https://truenoirstories.wordpress.com/2016/07/09/the-short-family-murders/

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

All music is composed by Vince Nitro.

Aug 28 2019

40mins

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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.

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Oct 31 2018

55mins

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Rank #3: 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 #4: 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 #5: 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.

All music is composed by Vince Nitro.

Feb 20 2019

1hr 12mins

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Rank #6: 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.

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Apr 25 2018

37mins

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Rank #7: 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 #8: 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 #9: 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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The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote.

All music is composed by Vince Nitro.

Sep 26 2018

39mins

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Rank #10: 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 #11: 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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The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote.

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May 10 2017

43mins

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Rank #12: 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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The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote.

All music is composed by Vince Nitro.

Jan 09 2019

45mins

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Rank #13: 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 #14: The Trail Went Cold – Episode 70 – Tabitha Tuders & Heaven LaShae Ross

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April 29, 2003. Nashville, Tennessee. 13-year old Tabitha Tuders leaves her house for school and is last seen walking through her neighbourhood towards her bus stop. Tabitha never boards the bus or arrives at school and when she fails to return home that evening, she is reported missing. Less than four months later, another young girl goes missing when 11-year old Heaven LaShae Ross also disappears after leaving her home to catch the school bus in Northport, Alabama. Shae’s remains are discovered underneath an abandoned house three years later, but her death remains unsolved and Tabitha Tuders is never found. On this week’s episode of “The Trail Went Cold”, we examine two unsolved cold cases involving girls who vanished under very similar circumstances and the possibility that they might be connected.

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Additional Reading:

http://charleyproject.org/case/tabitha-danielle-tuders

http://tabithatuders.net/index.html

https://www.nashvillescene.com/news/article/13016007/tabitha-tuders

https://www.nashvillescene.com/news/article/13011446/neverending-grief

https://www.al.com/tuscaloosa/2013/08/case_of_missing_ala_girl_heave.html

http://www.tuscaloosanews.com/news/20031001/volunteers-part-ways-with-missing-girls-mom

https://www.tuscaloosanews.com/news/20061221/shaes-family-copes-after-body-found

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

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May 02 2018

47mins

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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 88 – The Salomon Family

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October 12, 1982. Los Angeles, California. 35-year old Sol Salomon, his 39-year old wife Elaine, his 15-year old stepdaughter Michelle, and their 9-year old son Mitchell all vanish without explanation from their home. Evidence suggests they were victims of foul play and pieces of their identification are found scattered alongside a freeway. The investigation leads to Harvey Rader, a business acquaintance of Sol’s who is accused of killing the entire family and burying their bodies in the desert, and is also considered a potential suspect in the unsolved disappearance of a California couple named Peter and Joan Davis. Rader is eventually charged with murdering the Salomons, but after two mistrials, he is acquitted at his third trial in 1992. Did Harvey Rader get away with the murders of the Salomon family, or was someone else responsible? This week’s episode of “The Trail Went Cold” chronicles the harrowing unsolved disappearance of an entire family who have still never been found.

Additional Reading:

http://www.lamag.com/citythinkblog/salomon-unsolved-murder/

http://charleyproject.org/case/sol-salomon

http://charleyproject.org/case/elaine-salomon

http://charleyproject.org/case/michelle-houchman

http://charleyproject.org/case/mitchel-salomon

http://articles.latimes.com/keyword/salomon-family

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Sep 05 2018

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Rank #17: 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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May 16 2018

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Rank #18: 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 #19: The Trail Went Cold – Episode 43 – Joan Risch

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October 24, 1961. Lincoln, Massachusetts. 30-year old housewife and mother Joan Risch vanishes from her home and the evidence at the scene suggests a violent abduction. Witnesses report seeing a bloody, disoriented woman matching Joan’s description walking down the road that day, but this woman is never found. Over one year later, evidence is uncovered to suggest Joan might have decided to stage her own disappearance. Was Joan Risch abducted, did she disappear voluntarily, or is there an altogether different explanation for what happened? We shall explore all the different angles of one of our most baffling and requested cases on this week’s episode of “The Trail Went Cold”.

Additional Reading:

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

http://charleyproject.org/case/joan-carolyn-risch

http://archive.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/articles/1996/08/28/8_28_96_spatterd_blood_and_speculation/

“The Search for Joan Risch: Presented by New England’s Untold Stories”

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Sep 27 2017

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Rank #20: 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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