Rank #1: E107: Tent Girl
When the body of a young woman was found stuffed into a canvas bag along the interchange of I-75 and U.S. 25 in Georgetown, Kentucky, her badly decayed remains rendered police unable to uncover her identity, or the identity of her killer. It wasn’t until decades later, when the story of Tent Girl was told to a young boy on Halloween night, that this Jane Doe would meet the person who would stop at nothing to identify her, and bring her home.
Rank #2: E106: “Home Alone” - The Tan Children Murders
In January 1979, Tan Kuen Chai and Tan Mei Ying returned from their job operating a school bus to find their four children dead in the bathroom of their Singapore apartment. There was no forced entry, nothing was stolen, and evidence that the murderer cleaned up after themselves all indicated that this was a carefully planned kill. Who could have done this and why?
Rank #3: E141: “Scottish Nightingale” - Janet Smith
In 1924 a Chinese immigrant in Vancouver named Wong Foon Sing found his colleague, Janet Smith, lying dead upon the ground with a bullet wound in her head. The public rushed to see Wong imprisoned for the crime, but some still wonder if Janet was murdered at all.Sponsors!Oxygen - Watch “Murder For Hire” Sundays at 7/6c or anytime on the Oxygen app.
Rank #4: E109: “To Hell With Husbands” - Josslyn Hay
Josslyn Hay was a British aristocrat who moved with his wife, Lady Idina Sackville, to Africa. There, they were part of the “Happy Valley Set,” a group of wealthy expats who lived to drink alcohol, do drugs and have sex. Extra-marital affairs at their parties were not only common but openly encouraged. So when Josslyn Hay was found miles from his home, slumped in the front seat of his car, dead of a gunshot wound, virtually everybody in their social circle was a suspect.
Rank #5: E139: “The Family No One Knew” - The Bricca Murders
In 1966 the quiet Cincinnati suburb of Bridgetown was shaken to its core, when the Bricca Family was brutally slaughtered in their own home. The savagery of the killings and the discrete nature of the murders have kept investigators scrambling for answers decades later.Parcasters - Check out our new show Survival! In our first episode we covered Shin Dong-hyuk’s escape from a North Korean internment camp. Available now at parcast.com/survival
Rank #6: E117: “Dying to Go Out” - Carolyn Wasilewski
A 14-year-old girl told her parents she was going out to meet a friend and was later found dead, face down on the train tracks. Then a man was found dangling from the top of a train car near the murder scene. Who was he? And was he involved in Carolyn Wasilewski’s death?Sponsors!SimpliSafe - Go today to SimpliSafe.com/UNSOLVED.Carbon38 - Go to Carbon 38.com and use code: UNSOLVED for 20% off your order.
Rank #7: E140: “Still Searching” - Michaela Joy Garecht
On November 19th, 1988, a nine year-old girl named Michaela Garecht was abducted from her local corner store in Hayward, California. The next few decades would see several plausible suspects investigated, including two serial killers, two kidnappers, and a strange man with a craving for attention. Sponsors!Oxygen - Get in on the sting with Murder For Hire - Sundays at 7pm/6c or anytime on the Oxygen app.ThirdLove - Go to THIRDLOVE.com/UNSOLVED to find your perfect-fitting bra and get 15% off your first purchase!
Rank #8: E130: “Poisoned Pill” - The Chicago Tylenol Murders
In 1982, Chicago saw 7 people drop dead under mysterious circumstances. The deaths sent the area into a panic, and after a lengthy investigation, police discovered a surprising murder weapon: Extra-Strength Tylenol. It would take several years for this pharmaceutical giant to regain the public’s trust. Sponsors!Oxygen - Check out “Smiley Face Killers: The Hunt for Justice” this Saturday at 7 on Oxygen.
Rank #9: E98: The Sims Family Murders Pt. 2
In October of 1966, Dr. Robert Sims, his wife Helen, and their 12-year-old daughter Joy Lynn were brutally butchered in their own home. They were a wholesome family with no known enemies. But, the Sims family did know people who had secrets. Were those secrets bad enough for murder?
Rank #10: E113: “The Socialite Slaying” - Athalia Ponsell Lindsley
There was no shortage of suspects in the January 1974 murder of socialite Athalia Ponsell Lindsley. She had running feuds with neighbors, a husband who stole from her, and uncovered a scandal involving a gross misuse of municipal funds. But when she was hacked to death on the front steps of her home in broad daylight, nobody could identify her killer.
Rank #11: E111: “The Blonde Dolly” - Sebilla Alida Johanna Niemans
The Blonde Dolly was a Dutchwoman who lived a double life as a society lecturer and an upscale sex worker. She was found strangled in her bed next to a detailed log of high profile clients. Was it also a detailed log of possible killers?
Rank #12: E119: “The Masked Marvel Murder” - David Bacon
Actor David Bacon was driving erratically down the road looking for help, a knife was plunged into his back and pierced his lung. He didn’t have long. He crashes into the curb and climbs out of the car as onlookers approach. Before he is able to tell them what happened… he dies.Subscribe now to our new podcast HOSTAGE, featuring the riveting story of Patty Hearst's abduction by the Symbionese Liberation Army.Sponsors!Amazon Prime - Season 1 is available now. Watch the New Season of Lore October 19, only on Prime Video.Caffé Monster - Available in Vanilla, Mocha, and Salted Caramel. Chill it down, Shake it up, Enjoy!FabFitFun - Go to FabFitFun.com and use code UNSOLVED to get $10 off your first FabFitFun box!Living Proof - Visit LivingProof.com/UNSOLVED and use promo code UNSOLVED to get a free sample of their award-winning dry shampoo with your purchase.Third Love - Go to ThirdLove.com/UNSOLVED now to find your perfect-fitting bra and get 15% off your first purchase!
Rank #13: E115: “Up In Smoke” - The Sodder Family Tragedy
On Christmas Eve 1945, a fire swept through the home of George and Jennie Sodder. They were able to escape the flames along with four of their children. Five other children remained trapped inside. Hours later, after the house was reduced to ashes, authorities searched the scene. The remains of the other five children were nowhere to be found. Did they escape the fire? Or were they even in the house to begin with?Sponsors!Hello Fresh - For a total of $60 off, that’s $20 off your first 3 boxes, visit HelloFresh.com/Unsolved60 and enter code UNSOLVED60Hanover Square Press - GUESS WHO is available now wherever books are sold. Find out more at Hanoversqpress.com and BookClubbish.com
Rank #14: Harold Nokes Pt. 1 - Crimes of Passion, a new Parcast podcast!
They say there is a thin line between love and hate… in this podcast, we’re going to find out exactly how thin it is, by exploring the most incredible stories of murderous spouses, criminal couples, love triangles gone wrong, and so much more! Listen to the rest of Episode 1 on Edwin and Wilma Hoyt NOW! By searching for CRIMES OF PASSION and subscribing wherever you listen to podcasts, thank you!
Rank #15: E108: Tent Girl Pt. 2
Todd Matthews first heard the story of Tent Girl on Halloween night in 1987. The story of an unidentified woman’s remains found at an interchange fascinated him to such extremes that it became a mission to identify her. Risking his own personal relationships, Matthews, with the help of a new technology called the Internet, would find a missing persons report from decades earlier that could be a match. Could he identify her? And could he help solve the mystery of her death?
Rank #16: MIND’S EYE, Parcast’s First Psychological Thriller!
We have a holiday gift for you… Parcast’s first fictional crime show AD-FREE! In Mind’s Eye, a serial killer is back and homicide detective Kate McClay fights against psychology, unsolved crimes, and even her own family... The scariest monsters are those hiding inside our own minds. Continue the story of Mind’s Eye NOW by listening to the next episode - “Lost Forever.” Search and subscribe to MIND’S EYE anywhere you listen to podcasts, or at Parcast.com/mindseye.
Rank #17: E126: “West Point Wanderer” - Richard Colvin Cox
A promising West Point cadet left the academy grounds for a dinner party on January 14th, 1950…and never returned. No concrete leads have materialized about the whereabouts of Richard Colvin Cox’s body. Is foul play responsible or did he desert his post? If you liked this episode, leave us a nice review! It really helps new listeners find the podcast!Sponsors!Audible - For a limited time, you can get 3 months of Audible for just $6.95 a month if you go to Audible.com/UNSOLVED or text UNSOLVED to 500 500.
Rank #18: E120: Arnold Rothstein (Special Kingpins Crossover!)
How did one of New York’s most notorious gamblers lose his final hand? This Kingpin's rise to power in the mob scene is just as intense as his fall. To help us solve the case, we enlisted the hosts of Parcast's other Podcast Kingpins for some expert advice! We're excited to present this special crossover episode with hosts of KINGPINS (a Parcast Podcast). If you are interested in other Kingpin or Queenpin stories search KINGPINS where ever you listen to podcasts and subscribe!Sponsors!Amazon Prime - Season 1 is available now. Watch the New Season of Lore out now, only on Prime Video.Pretty Litter - Go to PrettyLitter.com and use promo code UNSOLVED for 20% off your first order.Upstart - Hurry to Upstart.com/UNSOLVED to find out how low your Upstart rate is!
Rank #19: E133: “Silk Pajama Strangling” - Serge Rubinstein
He learned everything from his father. How to become obscenely wealthy, but also how to become obscenely corrupt. By 1955, Serge Rubinstein had become a prominent investment banker on Wall Street, but his list of enemies had grown as long as his financial portfolio. Rubinstein's murder would lead authorities to one of the most extensive investigations in New York history. Sponsors!BetterHelp - Unsolved Murders listeners get 10% off your first month with discount code UNSOLVED when you go to BetterHelp.com/Unsolved.Proven Innocent - Proven Innocent Premieres Friday, February 15th at 9/8c, only on Fox.Torrid - Go to Torrid.com and use Promo Code UNSOLVED15 for $15 off every $50 you spend! That means you can get up to $150 off a $500 order!
Rank #20: E122: “Hitler’s Psychic” - Erik Jan Hanussen
The Clairvoyant who rose to fame and fortune in 1920’s Berlin, and was even close with Hitler, is found in the middle of the woods riddled with bullets and scavenged by wild animals. Erik Jan Hanussen was last seen being driven off by members of the Sturmabteilung, the Nazi party’s paramilitary organization. Sponsors!Caffé Monster - Now available in Mocha, Vanilla, and Salted Caramel. Caffé Monster: Chill it down, Shake it up, Enjoy!FabFitFun - Go to FabFitFun.com to sign-up and use promo code UNSOLVED to get $10 off your first box.SimpliSafe - Visit SimpliSafe.com/UNSOLVED.Third Love - Go to ThirdLove.com/UNSOLVED now to find your perfect-fitting bra and get 15% off your first purchase!