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Unresolved

Unresolved Productions

True Crime, Society & Culture, History

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Overview

Every day, stories unfold that have no resolution. Unresolved is an immersive look at those stories, as host Micheal Whelan tries to determine why these stories - unsolved crimes and other unexplained phenomena - have no ending.

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347 Episodes

Havana Syndrome

"None of this has a reasonable explanation. It's just mystery after mystery after mystery." Beginning in 2016, U.S. diplomats in Cuba began to report a wide range of symptoms, everything from nausea and headaches to permanent hearing loss and brain damage. These symptoms came upon suddenly, seemingly preceded by a strange high-frequency noise. Many believed they'd been attacked, and theories would surface ranging from a sonic device to weaponized energy beams. In the years since, some have disputed the very nature of these allegations, and others have theorized that the entire story is a widely-reported case of mass hysteria. Yet the telling of these "anomalous health incidents" has transformed from a strange medical mystery into a thrilling political whodunnit... Research, writing, hosting, and production by Micheal Whelan Music composed and created by Micheal Whelan Learn more about this podcast at http://unresolved.me If you would like to support this podcast, consider heading to https://www.patreon.com/unresolvedpod to become a Patron or Producer Become a supporter of this podcast: https://www.spreaker.com/podcast/unresolved--3266604/support.

Transcribed - Published: 15 April 2024

"Joseph Benson"

"That's when we found out our suicide victim was alive. It looks like he placed the body in the trailer to cover his disappearance." Early on the morning of 3 February 1994, authorities responded to a fire at a campground roughly thirty miles east of Las Vegas, Nevada. There, they discovered that a trailer had been set on fire, and the trailer's occupant - a Staff Sergeant in the Marine Corps named Arthur Bennett - had seemingly perished in the flames. Years later, however, an arrest in southwestern Utah would cast doubt on the original assumption, when a man named "Joseph Benson" was arrested... Research, writing, hosting, and production by Micheal Whelan Music composed and created by Micheal Whelan Additional music includes "Unresolved Mysteries" by Ailsa Traves (podcast theme song, end credits) Learn more about this podcast at http://unresolved.me If you would like to support this podcast, consider heading to https://www.patreon.com/unresolvedpod to become a Patron or Producer Become a supporter of this podcast: https://www.spreaker.com/podcast/unresolved--3266604/support.

Transcribed - Published: 1 April 2024

'"Joseph Benson"

"That's when we found out our suicide victim was alive. It looks like he placed the body in the trailer to cover his disappearance." Early on the morning of 3 February 1994, authorities responded to a fire at a campground roughly thirty miles east of Las Vegas, Nevada. There, they discovered that a trailer had been set on fire, and the trailer's occupant - a Staff Sergeant in the Marine Corps named Arthur Bennett - had seemingly perished in the flames. Years later, however, an arrest in southwestern Utah would cast doubt on the original assumption, when a man named "Joseph Benson" was arrested... Research, writing, hosting, and production by Micheal Whelan Music composed and created by Micheal Whelan Additional music includes "Unresolved Mysteries" by Ailsa Traves (podcast theme song, end credits) Learn more about this podcast at http://unresolved.me If you would like to support this podcast, consider heading to https://www.patreon.com/unresolvedpod to become a Patron or Producer Become a supporter of this podcast: https://www.spreaker.com/podcast/unresolved--3266604/support.

Transcribed - Published: 1 April 2024

Mike DeBardeleben (Part Six: A Man Without Morals)

"I think this man's record and conviction do not fully apprise the court of this man's threat to society." Following his 1983 arrest, Mike DeBardeleben would stand trial for various offenses. First came a series of counterfeiting trials in Tennessee and North Carolina, which were then followed by a number of trials related to the violent crimes, abductions and assaults that DeBardeleben had carried out in Maryland, New Jersey, and Virginia. After receiving an almost-comical amount of time - 375 years plus two additional life sentences - DeBardeleben would slowly rot behind bars, before dying of pneumonia in January of 2011. Yet, despite so many of his secrets becoming known to the world, the mystery of Mike DeBardeleben's crime spree endures to this day... Research, writing, hosting, and production by Micheal Whelan Music composed and created by Micheal Whelan Additional music includes "Unresolved Mysteries" by Ailsa Traves (podcast theme song, end credits) Learn more about this podcast at http://unresolved.me If you would like to support this podcast, consider heading to https://www.patreon.com/unresolvedpod to become a Patron or Producer Become a supporter of this podcast: https://www.spreaker.com/podcast/unresolved--3266604/support.

Transcribed - Published: 18 March 2024

Mike DeBardeleben (Part Five: Sadist)

"... Mike DeBardeleben is the best-documented sexual sadist since the Marquis de Sade. He's the one I used as the standard for all others." Awaiting trial for the litany of crimes he'd committed over several years, Mike DeBardeleben couldn't do anything as authorities continued to dig around in his background. They'd learned about all of his failures - his familial relationships, his schooling, his marriages, his business - but now began trying to figure out how that resulted in this career criminal, who stood accused of not just counterfeiting, but assault, rape, kidnapping, and murder. As investigators around the country began linking DeBardeleben to more than a dozen unsolved crimes, members of the FBI's Behavioral Science Unit began analyzing the strange counterfeiter. What they learned was that this was not just a run-of-the-mill criminal. Rather, he was one of the most sadistic individuals they'd ever observed... Research, writing, hosting, and production by Micheal Whelan Music composed and created by Micheal Whelan Additional music includes "Unresolved Mysteries" by Ailsa Traves (podcast theme song, end credits) Learn more about this podcast at http://unresolved.me If you would like to support this podcast, consider heading to https://www.patreon.com/unresolvedpod to become a Patron or Producer Become a supporter of this podcast: https://www.spreaker.com/podcast/unresolved--3266604/support.

Transcribed - Published: 12 March 2024

Mike DeBardeleben (Part Four: Unsub)

"I'll tell you what's going down. I had an ex-old lady who really pissed me off and f***ed me over. I just want to get back at women." After his arrest in May 1983, the Secret Service began looking into the background of 43-year-old Mike DeBardeleben to determine what he had been up to. Agents knew that the "Mall Passer" had been counterfeiting and distributing his own bogus $20 bills, but evidence indicated he had been up to much more than that over many years, stretching back to over a decade beforehand. As investigators nationwide began charting DeBardeleben's path through the country, they discovered that it happened to correlate with a number of other crimes. And coincidentally, Mike DeBardeleben managed to match suspect descriptions in not only unsolved rape cases, but even homicides... Research, writing, hosting, and production by Micheal Whelan Music composed and created by Micheal Whelan Additional music includes "Unresolved Mysteries" by Ailsa Traves (podcast theme song, end credits) Learn more about this podcast at http://unresolved.me If you would like to support this podcast, consider heading to https://www.patreon.com/unresolvedpod to become a Patron or Producer Become a supporter of this podcast: https://www.spreaker.com/podcast/unresolved--3266604/support.

Transcribed - Published: 4 March 2024

Mike DeBardeleben (Part Three: Accomplices)

"I feel that I have been unjustly tormented, degraded and shit upon by society... In order to regain an adequate self-image, I feel compelled to somehow restore my self-respect..." Shortly after his stint at Western State Hospital in Virginia, Mike DeBardeleben would begin a series of relationships with young women. All followed a series of repeated steps, centered around breaking down the women in question and making them dependent entirely upon Mike. This was usually accomplished through typical emotional abuser techniques, but also contained a significant element of physical and sexual abuse. Meanwhile, Mike's criminal behavior began to take shape in other troubling ways. First came simple schemes meant to take money from elderly women. After that came complex bank robberies. Then more violent crime followed. The women ensnared in Mike's life would become not only his wives, but also his captives. And in another sense, his accomplices... Research, writing, hosting, and production by Micheal Whelan Music composed and created by Micheal Whelan Additional music includes "Unresolved Mysteries" by Ailsa Traves (podcast theme song, end credits) Learn more about this podcast at http://unresolved.me If you would like to support this podcast, consider heading to https://www.patreon.com/unresolvedpod to become a Patron or Producer Become a supporter of this podcast: https://www.spreaker.com/podcast/unresolved--3266604/support.

Transcribed - Published: 19 February 2024

Mike DeBardeleben (Part Two: Antisocial)

"From an early age, I can recall wanting to please my parents but being frustrated by some of their unrealistic demands..." Following the end of the lengthy "Mall Passer" investigation, the Secret Service attempted to unlock the secrets of the man they'd arrested, 43-year-old Mike DeBardeleben. However, as they attempted to track down the machine he'd used to print his counterfeit bills, investigators ended up uncovering evidence of even more heinous crimes. As they learned more about the man they'd arrested, federal agents discovered that there had been ample warning signs for years. Dating back to his childhood, DeBardeleben had been abused and neglected by both of his parents, and had grown up in an environment that left him (and his siblings) emotionally scarred. In adulthood, he'd even been diagnosed as sociopathic and antisocial... Research, writing, hosting, and production by Micheal Whelan Music composed and created by Micheal Whelan Additional music includes "Unresolved Mysteries" by Ailsa Traves (podcast theme song, end credits) Learn more about this podcast at http://unresolved.me If you would like to support this podcast, consider heading to https://www.patreon.com/unresolvedpod to become a Patron or Producer Become a supporter of this podcast: https://www.spreaker.com/podcast/unresolved--3266604/support.

Transcribed - Published: 13 February 2024

Mike DeBardeleben (Part One: The Mall Passer)

"His technique was to go from shopping center to shopping center, passing phony notes at malls. You can pass $20 bills in a real hurry that way." In August 1979, a prominent counterfeiter attracted the attention of the U.S. Secret Service. Having created his own bogus $20 bills, this individual would begin to distribute them throughout the continental United States, using them in at least 44 states and netting more than $130,000 in the process. Over roughly four years, federal investigators attempted to determine who this individual was and whether he was part of a larger network. Dubbed the "Mall Passer" for his propensity to launder his counterfeit cash through shopping centers and malls, Secret Service agents finally saw their chance to capture this mysterious individual in May of 1983. But when the opportunity came, these agents discovered that there was much more to this counterfeiter than they ever could have imagined... Research, writing, hosting, and production by Micheal Whelan Music composed and created by Micheal Whelan Additional music includes "Unresolved Mysteries" by Ailsa Traves (podcast theme song, end credits) Learn more about this podcast at http://unresolved.me If you would like to support this podcast, consider heading to https://www.patreon.com/unresolvedpod to become a Patron or Producer Become a supporter of this podcast: https://www.spreaker.com/podcast/unresolved--3266604/support.

Transcribed - Published: 5 February 2024

Diana Davis

"For us not to hear anything from her, we feel like something is definitely wrong. This has been a nightmare that won't end." On the evening of 29 July 2020, a silver Chevy Impala was found engulfed in flame in a Tacoma, Washington alleyway. This was a street that didn't receive much thru-traffic, so there weren't any security or surveillance cameras, making it the perfect place to torch a car and get away without being seen. Investigators would attempt to track down the owner of the vehicle, 50-year-old Diana Davis from nearby Auburn, but were unable to find her. Friends and family hadn't seen or heard from her since July 27th. As police would learn, Diana had last been seen in Tacoma, but had seemingly driven up to Seattle before going dark. Then, a week after her vehicle was discovered burning in an alleyway, Diana's remains were found roughly 70 miles to the east... Research, writing, hosting, and production by Micheal Whelan Music composed and created by Micheal Whelan Additional music includes "Unresolved Mysteries" by Ailsa Traves (podcast theme song, end credits) Learn more about this podcast at http://unresolved.me If you would like to support this podcast, consider heading to https://www.patreon.com/unresolvedpod to become a Patron or Producer

Transcribed - Published: 22 January 2024

Preview: 'Strictly Arrogance' (Resolved)

This is a brief preview for the newest episode of my Patreon-exclusive show, Resolved, available now for all $5+ supporters. To learn more about this series and how you can listen, consider heading to: https://www.patreon.com/unresolvedpod This episode can be found at the following link: https://www.patreon.com/posts/96624633

Transcribed - Published: 17 January 2024

Shelbey Thornburgh-Crocker

"It seems as if the suspect committed the crime and then made sure to be gone as quickly as possible." On the evening of 4 November 2015, police were called out to a crime scene in Sharpstown, a neighborhood located in southwest Houston. The person who'd called 9-1-1 that night, identified as the victim's boyfriend, had discovered her nude body laying deceased in her bed just after 10:00 PM. As police would soon learn, the victim was 20-year-old Shelbey Thornburgh-Crocker, a young Texas native who lived at the Conquistador apartment complex where her body was found. As they dug deeper into her story, however, they discovered a link between her line of work and a potential serial killer... To view the footage of the unknown subject, please check out the link at the following: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=81JQ4Urhh5Y To learn more about this case and see screenshots of the unsub, please check out the FBI's website at the following link: https://www.fbi.gov/wanted/vicap/homicides-and-sexual-assaults/unknown-suspect---houston-texas Research, writing, hosting, and production by Micheal Whelan Music composed and created by Micheal Whelan Additional music includes "Unresolved Mysteries" by Ailsa Traves (podcast theme song, end credits) Learn more about this podcast at http://unresolved.me If you would like to support this podcast, consider heading to https://www.patreon.com/unresolvedpod to become a Patron or Producer

Transcribed - Published: 15 January 2024

The Colonial Parkway Murders (Update)

There has been an update in the Colonial Parkway Murders (episode #150 from 2020). On Monday, 8 January 2024, officials with the Virginia State Police held a press conference. During it, they announced that DNA had linked a previously-unidentified suspect, Alan Wade Wilmer Sr., to the deaths of David Knobling and Robin Edwards... To learn more about this story, read or listen to "The Colonial Parkway Murders" at the following link: https://unresolved.me/the-colonial-parkway-murders Researched, written, hosted, and produced by Micheal Whelan Music composed by Micheal Whelan If you would like to support this podcast and others, consider heading to https://www.patreon.com/unresolvedpod to become a Patron or Producer

Transcribed - Published: 10 January 2024

Jack Froese

"Did you hear me? I'm at your house. Clean your fucking attic!!!" In June of 2011, 32-year-old Jack Froese died of a heart attack at his home in Dunmore, Pennsylvania. A father of two and a longtime musician, Jack made a strong impact in the lives of his friends and family during his short time here on Earth. Months later, those that had loved and cared for Jack during his life were still struggling to move on after his sudden and tragic loss. That was made difficult for some of them, however, when they began receiving emails from Jack... Research, writing, hosting, and production by Micheal Whelan Music composed and created by Micheal Whelan Additional music includes "Unresolved Mysteries" by Ailsa Traves (podcast theme song, end credits) Learn more about this podcast at http://unresolved.me If you would like to support this podcast, consider heading to https://www.patreon.com/unresolvedpod to become a Patron or Producer This show is part of the Spreaker Prime Network, if you are interested in advertising on this podcast, contact us at https://www.spreaker.com/show/3266604/advertisement

Transcribed - Published: 8 January 2024

Aron Christensen

"While hiking on the trail, both individuals stated they heard growling noises and saw the eyes of what they believed to be a wild animal..." On the morning of 19 August 2022, 49-year-old Aron Christensen set out on a solo hiking trip alongside his puppy, Buzzo. Already camping with a large group of friends, nobody thought twice about Aron setting out on a little solo trip amidst the festivities. An experienced outdoorsman, Aron promised to be back by the following night to help prepare dinner. By the following afternoon, though, the group that Aron had been with had started to grow concerned. That concern began to turn into fear when they noticed a cop car responding to a crime scene at the campground they'd been staying at. Shortly thereafter, they'd learn that a man's body had been found... The website Aron's family and friends set up: https://www.aronlarschristensen.com/ The family's GoFundMe: https://www.gofundme.com/f/justice-for-aron-christensen Between the Harvest and the Hunter's Moon by Supplemental Hearts: https://deerlodgepdx.bandcamp.com/album/between-the-harvest-and-the-hunters-moon-a-tribute-to-aron-christensen Research, writing, hosting, and production by Micheal Whelan Music composed and created by Micheal Whelan Additional music includes Unresolved Mysteries by Ailsa Traves (podcast theme song, end credits) Learn more about this podcast at http://unresolved.me If you would like to support this podcast, consider heading to https://www.patreon.com/unresolvedpod to become a Patron or Producer This show is part of the Spreaker Prime Network, if you are interested in advertising on this podcast, contact us at https://www.spreaker.com/show/3266604/advertisement

Transcribed - Published: 19 December 2023

Morgan Violi

"It's the type of thing that literally tears your heart out." On 24 July 1996, seven-year-old Morgan Violi was playing outside of her home in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Amidst the high temperatures that day, Morgan and the other children in the vicinity were buzzing around the apartment complex, immersed in the dog days of summer vacation. But while Morgan played with a friend, a man in a maroon van nearby watched and waited. At around 12:35 PM, the man made his move. He drove up and first attempted to abduct Morgan's six-year-old playmate, but was unsuccessful. He then grabbed ahold of Morgan, threw her into the van, and sped off toward nearby Scottsville Road. In just a few seconds, Morgan Violi had been ripped out of her life, and decades later, her abductor remains unidentified... Please view and share the following: https://www.fbi.gov/wanted/seeking-info/morgan-jade-violi Research, writing, hosting, and production by Micheal Whelan Music composed and created by Micheal Whelan Additional music includes "Flying Away" by Alan Spiljak (piano midsection), "Exodus Glacier" by Jasnazima (outro), and "Unresolved Mysteries" by Ailsa Traves (podcast theme song, end credits) Learn more about this podcast at http://unresolved.me If you would like to support this podcast, consider heading to https://www.patreon.com/unresolvedpod to become a Patron or Producer This show is part of the Spreaker Prime Network, if you are interested in advertising on this podcast, contact us at https://www.spreaker.com/show/3266604/advertisement

Transcribed - Published: 11 December 2023

Cherletta Baber-Bey & Keyona Griffin

"The unusual part about it is how he's been able to just completely disappear..." On 13 March 2019, at approximately 10:29 AM, emergency dispatchers in Grand Rapids, Michigan received a 9-1-1 call from a cell phone. In the minute-long conversation that followed, the female caller whispered about someone trying to kill her, and urged for police to arrive quickly. Officers show up at the address she gave roughly seven minutes later, but observed no suspicious behavior so they soon left. A little over two hours later, officers were called back to the home located along Sheldon Avenue. Inside, they would discover the bodies of two women, members of the same family who lived together. Investigators would even find the murder weapon at the scene, a pistol stolen roughly two years prior. But missing entirely was one of the women's boyfriends, a man of many aliases who has been missing since that fateful Wednesday, alleged to still be hiding in plain sight... To learn more about Derrell Demon Brown, please view the following: https://www.usmarshals.gov/sites/default/files/media/document/15-Most-Wanted-Poster-Derrell-Brown.pdf Research, writing, hosting, and production by Micheal Whelan Music composed and created by Micheal Whelan Additional music includes "Exodus Glacier" by Jasnazima (outro) and "Unresolved Mysteries" By Ailsa Traves (podcast theme song, end credits) Learn more about this podcast at http://unresolved.me If you would like to support this podcast, consider heading to https://www.patreon.com/unresolvedpod to become a Patron or Producer This show is part of the Spreaker Prime Network, if you are interested in advertising on this podcast, contact us at https://www.spreaker.com/show/3266604/advertisement

Transcribed - Published: 4 December 2023

IX

COMING SOON This show is part of the Spreaker Prime Network, if you are interested in advertising on this podcast, contact us at https://www.spreaker.com/show/3266604/advertisement

Transcribed - Published: 4 November 2023

UNKNOWN HORIZONS

Join Micheal and Jesse as they journey into the unknown, interviewing eyewitnesses to the paranormal, unsettling, and unexplained. To hear new episodes of UNKNOWN HORIZONS as they come out, please subscribe to the show on your podcast app of choice or head to the following link: https://www.spreaker.com/show/unknown-horizons This show is part of the Spreaker Prime Network, if you are interested in advertising on this podcast, contact us at https://www.spreaker.com/show/3266604/advertisement

Transcribed - Published: 1 November 2023

Listen Now: The Vanished

The Vanished is a true crime podcast that explores the stories of those who have gone missing. The Vanished goes beyond conventional news reports to take a deep dive into the story of a different missing person each week. Host Marissa Jones brings you exclusive interviews with family members, friends, law enforcement and experts. What will The Vanished uncover next? Follow The Vanished on the Wondery app or wherever you get your podcasts. You can listen to The Vanished ad-free right now by joining Wondery Plus. Listen Now: http://wondery.fm/TU_Vanished This show is part of the Spreaker Prime Network, if you are interested in advertising on this podcast, contact us at https://www.spreaker.com/show/3266604/advertisement

Transcribed - Published: 11 October 2023

'Mary & Bill: An Ohio Cold Case'

On this bonus episode, Micheal chats with producer/journalist Justin Glanville, host of the podcast Mary & Bill: An Ohio Cold Case. During their conversation, they chat about what drew Justin to this story, his personal connection to it, what he uncovered during his digging, and the current status of this 53-year-old cold case. Thanks to Justin for appearing on the show, and make sure to check out Mary & Bill: An Ohio Cold Case wherever you get your podcasts. You can also learn more by checking out the website created for this podcast/story at the following link: https://www.ideastream.org/2023-07-05/mary-bill-an-ohio-cold-case Hosted & produced by Micheal Whelan If you would like to support this podcast and others, consider heading to https://www.patreon.com/unresolvedpod to become a Patron or Producer This show is part of the Spreaker Prime Network, if you are interested in advertising on this podcast, contact us at https://www.spreaker.com/show/3266604/advertisement

Transcribed - Published: 8 October 2023

'The Mysterious Case of Rudolf Diesel'

On this bonus episode, Micheal chats with New York Times bestselling author Douglas Brunt about his first nonfiction book, The Mysterious Case of Rudolf Diesel. During their discussion, they chat about Rudolf Diesel and his invention of the Diesel engine, the impact both had upon the world, and the suspicious circumstances surrounding Diesel's disappearance in September of 1913. Thanks to Doug for appearing on the show, and make sure to check out the book at your local bookstore or library! To learn more, check out Douglas Brunt's website at the following link: https://douglasbrunt-author.com/ Hosted & produced by Micheal Whelan If you would like to support this podcast and others, consider heading to https://www.patreon.com/unresolvedpod to become a Patron or Producer This show is part of the Spreaker Prime Network, if you are interested in advertising on this podcast, contact us at https://www.spreaker.com/show/3266604/advertisement

Transcribed - Published: 1 October 2023

ANNOUNCEMENT

An end-of-season announcement and a personal note from Micheal This show is part of the Spreaker Prime Network, if you are interested in advertising on this podcast, contact us at https://www.spreaker.com/show/3266604/advertisement

Transcribed - Published: 26 September 2023

Listen Now: 48 Hours

One of television's most popular true-crime series is now adapted for your ears with the “48 Hours” podcast. Every week, award-winning CBS News correspondents investigate the most intriguing crime and justice cases. Here’s a preview of a new “48 Hours” episode, “The Night ofthe Idaho Student Murders”. "48 Hours" correspondent Peter Van Sant sits down with family members of Kaylee Goncalves and Xana Kernodle, two of the four University of Idaho students shockingly murdered the night of November 13, 2022. You can hear the rest of this episode on the “48 Hours” podcast from CBS News. For even more “48 Hours”, listen to the new “Post Mortem” series every Tuesday, where the correspondents and producers share their first hand experiences reporting on the compelling cases they cover. Listen to 48 Hours ad-free right now by joining Wondery Plus in the Wondery App or on Apple Podcasts: Wondery.fm/48_UN This show is part of the Spreaker Prime Network, if you are interested in advertising on this podcast, contact us at https://www.spreaker.com/show/3266604/advertisement

Transcribed - Published: 25 September 2023

Listen Now: Generation Why

The Generation Why Podcast released its first episode in 2012 and pioneered the true crime genre in the podcasting world. Two friends, Aaron & Justin, break down theories and give their opinions on unsolved murders, controversies, mysteries and conspiracies. Follow The Generation Why Podcast on the Wondery app or wherever you get your podcasts. You can listen to Generation Why ad-free right now by joining Wondery Plus. Listen Now: Wondery.fm/GY_US This show is part of the Spreaker Prime Network, if you are interested in advertising on this podcast, contact us at https://www.spreaker.com/show/3266604/advertisement

Transcribed - Published: 19 September 2023

Hannah Rose Walker

"It's been a process of seeing how ineffective our system is." On the afternoon of October 12th, 2022, 31-year-old Hannah Walker went swimming in a scenic area near Trout Lake, Washington. Accompanied by a 67-year-old man named Jeremy, the two eventually got separated, and after waiting for some time, Jeremy called 911. A search effort would find Hannah's remains in the water, and officers initially made note of the odd circumstances at the scene. Hannah's family has struggled to determine what happened that fateful October afternoon, and have had to fight uphill to get any momentum or answers in her case. Nearly one year later, they have more questions than answers... Special thanks to Aia Walker for chatting with me for this episode. If you'd like to learn more about Hannah's story, please check out the website set up by Hannah's family at the following link: https://www.hannahrosewalker.com/ Research, writing, hosting, and production by Micheal Whelan Learn more about this podcast at http://unresolved.me If you would like to support this podcast and others, consider heading to https://www.patreon.com/unresolvedpod to become a Patron or Producer This show is part of the Spreaker Prime Network, if you are interested in advertising on this podcast, contact us at https://www.spreaker.com/show/3266604/advertisement

Transcribed - Published: 11 September 2023

The Circleville Letters (Part Two)

"I thought whoever this person was, you know, certainly they wouldn't go to the extent of putting a real gun in there just to scare me." For several months, Mary Gillispie had been receiving taunting letters from an unknown writer, the contents of which alleged she'd been having an affair with her boss. These letters evolved over time, ultimately becoming a full-fledged harassment campaign against Mary, her family, and others in their small community of Circleville, Ohio. The harassment had gone on for years, and police were no closer to figuring out the author's identity than they had been when the first letters were received in 1977. But in February of 1983, things took an unexpected turn... Part 2/2 Research & writing by Bethany Branson Hosting & production by Micheal Whelan Learn more about this podcast at http://unresolved.me If you would like to support this podcast and others, consider heading to https://www.patreon.com/unresolvedpod to become a Patron or Producer This show is part of the Spreaker Prime Network, if you are interested in advertising on this podcast, contact us at https://www.spreaker.com/show/3266604/advertisement

Transcribed - Published: 28 August 2023

Listen Now - Over My Dead Body: Gone Hunting

When Mike Williams vanishes on a hunting trip, the authorities suspect he was eaten by alligators but the true predators who took Mike may lurk much closer to home. The mystery of Mike’s disappearance might have faded from memory, if it wasn’t for one woman’s tireless crusade. From Wondery, comes a new season of Over My Dead Body; a story about an obsessive love affair, a scandalous secret and a mother’s battle for the truth. Follow Over My Dead Body: Gone Hunting on Amazon Music or wherever you get your podcasts. You can listen early and ad-free by subscribing to Wondery Plus in Apple Podcasts or the Wondery app. Listen to Over My Dead Body: Wondery.fm/OMDB4_Unresolv This show is part of the Spreaker Prime Network, if you are interested in advertising on this podcast, contact us at https://www.spreaker.com/show/3266604/advertisement

Transcribed - Published: 21 August 2023

The Circleville Letters (Part One)

"This is your last chance to report him. I know you are a pig and will prove it and shame you out of Ohio. How is your little girl? Will she grow up to be like you?" There are hundreds of cities in the American Midwest just like Circleville, Ohio. But what makes it truly unique, what the town is most well-known for, is a strange letter-writing campaign that spanned two decades and may have left at least one person dead. The story began in March 1977 when the anonymous letter-writer penned a note to Westfall School District superintendent Gordon Massie, urging him to stop propositioning the female bus drivers that worked under him (an allegation that was never proven). In the weeks, months, and years to come, these letters would become much more threatening and broad in scope, seemingly aimed at random figures in the area that earned the author's ire... Part 1/2 Research & writing by Bethany Branson Hosting & production by Micheal Whelan Learn more about this podcast at http://unresolved.me If you would like to support this podcast and others, consider heading to https://www.patreon.com/unresolvedpod to become a Patron or Producer This show is part of the Spreaker Prime Network, if you are interested in advertising on this podcast, contact us at https://www.spreaker.com/show/3266604/advertisement

Transcribed - Published: 21 August 2023

Eastbound Strangler (Part Two)

"This fits the FBI definition of a serial killer. From the facts gathered during the investigation, it could have been a local person or it could have been a transient." In the days and weeks after the four victims' bodies were found miles outside of Atlantic City, those that knew them tried to find some answers. Since police were operating their own official investigation privately, these loved ones weren't able to find much in the way of personal resolution through it, so they decided to try and find answers their own way. Sadly, though, it seems like the victims' lifestyles had led them to become distrusting, sharing little information with anyone outside of their own immediate circle. Even then, the ones that knew the four victims well - that worked and lived alongside them in Atlantic City - weren't able to provide much helpful info... Part two of two Research, writing, hosting, and production by Micheal Whelan Learn more about this podcast at http://unresolved.me If you would like to support this podcast and others, consider heading to https://www.patreon.com/unresolvedpod to become a Patron or Producer This show is part of the Spreaker Prime Network, if you are interested in advertising on this podcast, contact us at https://www.spreaker.com/show/3266604/advertisement

Transcribed - Published: 7 August 2023

Eastbound Strangler (Part One)

"We had a bond. We were all one woman, trying to get ourselves together when we were lost... I believe that the person who got these girls out here was a person that they trusted." On 20 November 2006, two women were walking along a dirt access road in Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey, just outside of Atlantic City. The road - which ran parallel to the Black Horse Pike - stretched behind a handful of dingy motels known as havens for pimps, sex workers, dealers, and addicts. There, the two women stumbled upon a grisly sight: the body of a woman, just one of four that would be found dumped in that area. The four victims, all female, were still clothed but barefoot; their socks and shoes had been removed and were nowhere to be found. They were all laid facedown in several inches of water, and all were facing east, their bodies seemingly posed in a symbolic gesture from the killer... Part one of two Research, writing, hosting, and production by Micheal Whelan Learn more about this podcast at http://unresolved.me If you would like to support this podcast and others, consider heading to https://www.patreon.com/unresolvedpod to become a Patron or Producer This show is part of the Spreaker Prime Network, if you are interested in advertising on this podcast, contact us at https://www.spreaker.com/show/3266604/advertisement

Transcribed - Published: 24 July 2023

Preview: He Said, She Said (Resolved)

This is a brief preview for the newest episode of my Patreon-exclusive show, Resolved, available now for all $5+ supporters. To learn more about this series - and how you can listen - consider heading to: https://www.patreon.com/unresolvedpod This episode can be found at the following link: https://www.patreon.com/posts/86248916 This show is part of the Spreaker Prime Network, if you are interested in advertising on this podcast, contact us at https://www.spreaker.com/show/3266604/advertisement

Transcribed - Published: 19 July 2023

Listen Now: Suspect "Five Shots in the Dark"

Leon Benson spent 24 years in an Indiana state prison for the 1998 murder of a young man named Kasey Schoen. His conviction hinged on the testimony of two eyewitnesses – but what if their memories turned out to be wrong? And what if the people who knew what really happened had never been allowed to speak? Suspect Season 3: Five Shots in the Dark is the story of two victims: one murdered, one sentenced to life. Follow host Matt Shaer and attorney Lara Bazelon as they investigate how the justice system failed both Leon and Kasey, and who the real killer might be. Join this unprecedented look inside the attempt to overturn a wrongful conviction and find out if justice will finally be served. Listen to Suspect wherever you get your podcasts. You can binge Suspect ad-free on Wondery Plus. Find Wondery Plus in the Wondery App or on Apple Podcasts: http://Wondery.fm/SuspectS3_Unresolved This show is part of the Spreaker Prime Network, if you are interested in advertising on this podcast, contact us at https://www.spreaker.com/show/3266604/advertisement

Transcribed - Published: 17 July 2023

The Long Island Serial Killer (Update: Arrest)

There has been an update in the Long Island Serial Killer case (episodes #14-16 from 2016). On Friday, 14 July 2023, police officials announced the arrest of 59-year-old Rex Heuermann, an architect from Massapequa Park. A lifelong resident of Long Island, Heuermann has been charged with the murders of Melissa Barthelemy, Megan Waterman, and Amber Costello... To learn more about this story, read or listen to "The Long Island Serial Killer" series at the following link: https://unresolved.me/the-long-island-serial-killer Researched, written, hosted, and produced by Micheal Whelan If you would like to support this podcast and others, consider heading to https://www.patreon.com/unresolvedpod to become a Patron or Producer This show is part of the Spreaker Prime Network, if you are interested in advertising on this podcast, contact us at https://www.spreaker.com/show/3266604/advertisement

Transcribed - Published: 17 July 2023

The Ashley Madison Hack

"Whoever's responsible - no doubt they know that there are now lots of people wanting to put a bullet in their head. If it were me, if I was going to do something like this, I would make pretty darn sure that nobody could trace it back to me." On 19 July 2015, an anonymous group calling themselves the "Impact Team" announced via an online post that they'd managed to obtain a large cache of information from website Ashley Madison's parent company, Avid Life Media. The mysterious hacker(s) posted just a small fraction of the stolen data, along with a demand: for Avid Life Media to take down Ashley Madison, a website dedicated to facilitating infidelity, or else they'd release the rest of the data (which included user information). Over the next several weeks, the threat of this leak loomed large over users, while Avid Life Media insisted that they'd done enough to plug up their security holes. It wasn't until mid-August that the "Impact Team" made good on their threat... Research, writing, hosting, and production by Micheal Whelan Learn more about this podcast at http://unresolved.me If you would like to support this podcast and others, consider heading to https://www.patreon.com/unresolvedpod to become a Patron or Producer This show is part of the Spreaker Prime Network, if you are interested in advertising on this podcast, contact us at https://www.spreaker.com/show/3266604/advertisement

Transcribed - Published: 10 July 2023

Ken Rex McElroy

"When a person is set loose by the courts to go back to the community they have been preying on, what recourse do the citizens of that community have then?" On the morning of 10 July 1981, 47-year-old Ken Rex McElroy went to a tavern in Skidmore, Missouri. The pub quickly filled up with other local townspeople, many of whom had lived in fear of the other man for years. After finishing a drink, Ken began walking out to his pickup truck and was shot twice. He died at the scene. As the shooting took place right outside of the crowded tavern, there were later determined to be 46 potential witnesses to the murder, including Trena McElroy, Ken's young wife. Only one, Trena herself, would ever attempt to identify a culprit... Research & writing by Olivia Paradice Hosting & production by Micheal Whelan Learn more about this podcast at http://unresolved.me If you would like to support this podcast and others, consider heading to https://www.patreon.com/unresolvedpod to become a Patron or Producer This show is part of the Spreaker Prime Network, if you are interested in advertising on this podcast, contact us at https://www.spreaker.com/show/3266604/advertisement

Transcribed - Published: 26 June 2023

Susan & Jeffrey Klungness

"I don't know what's happened to the kid. I don't know if he's a victim. I don't know if he's a suspect. I don't know what he is." This show is part of the Spreaker Prime Network, if you are interested in advertising on this podcast, contact us at https://www.spreaker.com/show/3266604/advertisement

Transcribed - Published: 12 June 2023

Laetitia Toureaux

"It's no use. She's beyond aid. She can't speak. Don't touch her. The thing to do is call the police." On 16 May 1937, 29-year-old Laetitia Toureaux boarded line 8 on the Paris metro, having arrived at the Porte de Charenton station just after 6:30 PM. With it being a warm Sunday in the Spring (and Pentecost, no less) the station was bustling with activity. For that reason, instead of sitting in the cramped second class cars, Laetitia purchased a ticket to sit in the completely empty first class car, a decision she didn't normally make. Roughly one minute after leaving the Porte de Charenton station, the metro pulled up at its next scheduled stop, Porte Dorée. A handful of first class passengers there boarded the train and were met by a horrific sight... Research & writing by Olivia Paradice Hosting & production by Micheal Whelan Learn more about this podcast at http://unresolved.me If you would like to support this podcast and others, consider heading to https://www.patreon.com/unresolvedpod to become a Patron or Producer Music Credits: Matthew L. Fisher - Dark Traveler (Instrumental) Gideon Boley - Bloom (Piano Mix - Instrumental) Marko Maksimovic - Slow Piano (Instrumental) Risian - Out of this World (Instrumental) Center Of The Sea - Through the Past (Instrumental) J Scott Rakozy - Rose Petals (Instrumental) This show is part of the Spreaker Prime Network, if you are interested in advertising on this podcast, contact us at https://www.spreaker.com/show/3266604/advertisement

Transcribed - Published: 29 May 2023

Heather Teague

"I can't describe what the look on her face did to me; it made me sick to my stomach. It was a look of sheer terror." On 26 August 1995, 23-year-old Heather Teague decided to sunbathe along the Kentucky side of the Ohio River, near Newbergh Beach. Having made loose plans to have a friend meet up with her, Heather found a secluded spot along the beach, took a dip in the water to cool off, then laid out on her towel to relax. Unbeknownst to her, there were multiple sets of eyes on her. Watching through a telescope across the river, Tim Walthall was able to clearly see Heather. He also noticed another man with shaggy hair and a beard hiding in some bushes nearby Heather, waiting. Moments later, the bearded man would produce a gun and abduct Heather in broad daylight... Research & writing by Bethany Branson Hosting & production by Micheal Whelan Learn more about this podcast at http://unresolved.me If you would like to support this podcast and others, consider heading to https://www.patreon.com/unresolvedpod to become a Patron or Producer Music Credits: P.C.III - Omnipresence Soft And Furious - Melancholic Ending ROZKOL - The Institute Laboratories Organoid - Cassini Delaytape - Lonely Ambient how the night came - IV - C6H807 Noisyfilter - Repose Jasnazima - Exodus Glacier

Transcribed - Published: 22 May 2023

Introducing: Morbid

It’s all a lighthearted nightmare on the MORBID podcast. Hosted by Alaina Urquhart and Ash Kelley, Morbid is a full dose of true crime with a splash of comedy. Join us all month long as we celebrate 5 years of MORBID with a special anniversary series, a festive edition of listener tales, and more surprises to come. Listen to Morbid wherever you get your podcasts: http://Wondery.fm/MBD_UN Hey Prime Members you can listen to Morbid early and ad-free on Amazon Music. Download the Amazon Music app today.

Transcribed - Published: 18 May 2023

Introducing American Scandal: The "Kids for Cash" Kickback Scheme

In the early 2000s, residents of northeastern Pennsylvania started to notice an alarming trend – children were being sent away to jail in high numbers, and for crimes so mild they might normally result in a grounding. The FBI began looking at two local judges, on the heels of an investigation into the mafia. And when the full picture emerged, it made national headlines. This is just a preview of American Scandal: The "Kids for Cash" Kickback Scheme. You can listen to the full episode wherever you get your podcasts, or at http://Wondery.fm/AS_Unresolved

Transcribed - Published: 16 May 2023

Waco (Epilogue)

Some random thoughts of mine following the conclusion of our seven-part Waco series

Transcribed - Published: 8 May 2023

Waco (Part Seven: April 19, 1993)

"They do not see themselves as martyrs. They see themselves as agents of God's wrath on Earth." In the days leading up to April 19, 1993, high-ranking figures grew increasingly concerned that the Branch Davidians in Waco, Texas had no intention of surrendering anytime soon. FBI officials speculated that David Koresh's writing of a manuscript centered around the seven seals was just another delaying tactic, meant to buy him and his supporters additional time. While many cautioned the FBI to continue holding out - to let Koresh see through the writing of this manuscript - others were hesitant to let him have that time. Soon, the government would move forward with a plan to end the Branch Davidian holdout once and for all... Part 7/7 Research, writing, hosting, and production by Micheal Whelan Learn more about this podcast at http://unresolved.me If you would like to support this podcast and others, consider heading to https://www.patreon.com/unresolvedpod to become a Patron or Producer Music Credits Spearfisher - "Memory and Forgetting" Henrik Meierkord - "Falten" Nathan Shubert - "Unspoken" Calismo - "Somber" All other music composed by Micheal Whelan

Transcribed - Published: 1 May 2023

Waco (Part Six: Flames Await)

"They were trying to have sleep disturbance and they were trying to take someone that they viewed as unstable to start with, and they were trying to drive him crazy. And then they got mad 'cos he does something that they think is irrational." On the morning of February 28th, 1993, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms attempted to serve a search warrant against David Koresh and the rest of the Branch Davidians living in a compound just outside of Waco, Texas. However, in doing so, the ATF had lit a powder keg that had been building up in size and potency for months, if not years. Having long expected this day to come, David Koresh attempted to find calm by establishing some kind of routine inside the compound. Meanwhile, a confused response began to form outside, as members of the FBI attempted to gain control of the quickly-devolving situation... Part 6/8 Research, writing, hosting, and production by Micheal Whelan Learn more about this podcast at http://unresolved.me If you would like to support this podcast and others, consider heading to https://www.patreon.com/unresolvedpod to become a Patron or Producer Music Credits Atlas Gray - "Not Crazy (Instrumental)" All other music composed by Micheal Whelan

Transcribed - Published: 17 April 2023

Waco (Part Five: Showtime)

"We fell right into the hands of Koresh and all those nuts. This is what he wanted, to make it appear that the government was going to kill his people. He wanted Armageddon. Our biggest mistake was that we made it so easy for him." In 1992, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms opened up an investigation into David Koresh and the rest of the Branch Davidians living in their compound near Waco, Texas. Hoping to find evidence of illegal weapons, the ATF began a series of undercover operations to obtain proof the following January. After nearly two months of surveillance and infiltration, the ATF gave the order to move forward with a plan to raid the Mount Carmel Center, which Koresh and the Davidians had recently transformed into a stronghold. The ATF's operation, codenamed "Showtime," would set the stage for the fiasco that followed... Part 5/8 Research, writing, hosting, and production by Micheal Whelan Learn more about this podcast at http://unresolved.me If you would like to support this podcast and others, consider heading to https://www.patreon.com/unresolvedpod to become a Patron or Producer Music Credits Half Light - "From Below (Instrumental)" Adi Goldstein - "Behind Clouds (Instrumental)" All other music composed by Micheal Whelan

Transcribed - Published: 27 March 2023

Waco (Interlude: Ruby Ridge)

"If any adult in the area around the cabin is observed with a weapon after the surrender announcement had been made, deadly force could and should be used to neutralize the individual." The 1992 Ruby Ridge siege is a seminal event in American history, having become a symbol of government overreach and serving as a precursor to the Waco tragedy in 1993. It also served as a rallying cry for anti-government groups and militias throughout the 1990s, and led to an increase in violent rhetoric that lingers to this day. For that reason, we're going to take a slight detour in our ongoing coverage of the Branch Davidian saga to briefly touch upon this story, and learn about how it ultimately had an effect on the events unfolding down in Waco, Texas... Research, writing, hosting, and production by Micheal Whelan All music composed by Micheal Whelan Learn more about this podcast at http://unresolved.me If you would like to support this podcast and others, consider heading to https://www.patreon.com/unresolvedpod to become a Patron or Producer

Transcribed - Published: 20 March 2023

Waco (Part Four: The Sinful Messiah)

"We're doing what we're doing and nobody's going to stop us." In 1988, David Koresh and his followers returned to their old home just outside of Waco, where the Shepherd's Rod movement had settled decades prior. With his longtime nemesis George Roden gone, David was finally able to settle into his new role as the president of the church. As the Branch Davidians began the arduous process of rebuilding the Mount Carmel Center - and his authority swelled - David began implementing a series of changes that would ultimately bring his burgeoning kingdom crashing down around him... Research, writing, hosting, and production by Micheal Whelan All music composed by Micheal Whelan Learn more about this podcast at http://unresolved.me If you would like to support this podcast and others, consider heading to https://www.patreon.com/unresolvedpod to become a Patron or Producer

Transcribed - Published: 13 March 2023

Waco (Part Three: Rodenville)

"When they sent that letter out, I knew they were coming. They sent an article removing me as trustee, now they've come to finish the job and remove me from the land." In 1985, Vernon Howell left Mount Carmel with his followers, bound for destinations unknown. Over the next few years, they would struggle to find a place to build their permanent headquarters as they attempted to try and swell their ranks with new converts. Meanwhile, back in Waco, George Roden's erratic nature left him with a dwindling congregation. So he decided to risk a gambit in order to try and win them back. In 1987, he exhumed a body and issued a challenge to his rival, claiming that whoever was able to resurrect the long-deceased woman would be named the uncontested leader of the Branch Davidians. Vernon Howell - now using the name David Koresh - had other plans... Research, writing, hosting, and production by Micheal Whelan All music composed by Micheal Whelan, except for "Man Man in Waco" by David Koresh, taken from one of his few studio recordings Learn more about this podcast at http://unresolved.me If you would like to support this podcast and others, consider heading to https://www.patreon.com/unresolvedpod to become a Patron or Producer

Transcribed - Published: 27 February 2023

Waco (Part Two: The Serpent's Root)

"In his younger years, he had a hard time. He was always looking for something. He had his rock-and-roll; he had his women. But it was never enough." Vernon Wayne Howell struggled to find a sense of stability early in life. Born to a single teenage mother in Texas in 1959, Vernon was abandoned to his maternal grandmother before his second birthday. His mother would take custody of him again later in his childhood, but it was alleged that her husband - Vernon's stepfather - was abusive toward him. Entering adulthood as a high school dropout, Vernon had a lot of issues that had yet to be addressed. After suffering a series of rejections in his personal life, he ended up turning toward the one constant in his life, faith. During his search there, he ended up coming across a group of like-minded individuals in central Texas, who viewed the Bible similarly to himself. Through them, Vernon would find the things that had been eluding him for years... Research, writing, hosting, and production by Micheal Whelan All music composed by Micheal Whelan, except for "Instrumental Jam" by David Koresh, taken from a live recording in Waco Learn more about this podcast at http://unresolved.me If you would like to support this podcast and others, consider heading to https://www.patreon.com/unresolvedpod to become a Patron or Producer

Transcribed - Published: 20 February 2023

Waco (Part One: The Shepherd's Rod)

"Our prayers for such an undertaking on behalf of God's people will be answered by whatever the results to this call might be." More than a century before David Koresh or the Branch Davidians became household names, the religious movements that led to their existence began growing out of the American Northeast. First came William Miller and the Millerites, a collapsed movement that ended up inspiring the Seventh-Day Adventists years later. In the early 20th century, an Adventist named Victor Houteff wrote a book titled The Shepherd's Rod, which he hoped would help reform the church. After being disfellowshipped for creating a "disloyal" and "divisive movement," Houteff ended up building his own church, the Davidians, nearby Waco, Texas... Research, writing, hosting, and production by Micheal Whelan Learn more about this podcast at http://unresolved.me If you would like to support this podcast and others, consider heading to https://www.patreon.com/unresolvedpod to become a Patron or Producer Music Credits: Noisyfilter - "Repose" Acedis - "Illustrations" Mystery Mammal - "O Come O Come Emmanuel" Rest You Sleeping Giant - "Dead Waters" Graham Bole - "Gloci" Blue Dot Sessions - "Svela Tal" Percival Pembroke - "Music For Haunted Orbital Research Stations"

Transcribed - Published: 13 February 2023

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