By Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
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More often than we’d like to believe, people get away with murder. As cases grow cold, cops retire. Witnesses die. Evidence disappears. Unsolved, a true crime podcast series from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, guides listeners through these real-life mysteries, uncovering new clues along the way. Season two of Unsolved examines the case of toddler Michelle Manders, who vanished from her bedroom in the middle of the night in 1981. Did she wander alone into the darkness? Or was she kidnapped? The first episode of the weekly eight-part season arrives Wednesday, Aug. 30. Season one of Unsolved, released in 2015, explores the circumstances surrounding the death of 14-year-old John Zera, who disappeared from Franklin High School in 1976. The seven episodes follow investigators through decades of dead ends as they hold on to hope of finding the killer. Subscribe to Unsolved on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher Radio or wherever you get your podcasts. For more information on the series, visit jsonline.com/unsolved.
||Clean7: 'I'll see her in heaven'||Police investigate Edward Wayne Edwards in connection with Jefferson County’s unsolved deaths. Edwards once worked at the Concord House, where Timothy Hack and Kelly Drew disappeared from while attending a wedding reception. Edwards, a con man who wro||10/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean7: A troubled history||Police investigate Teri Mueller’s husband, Joe, who has a long criminal record and whom police suspect may have been involved in the death of his son from his first marriage. His account of the events surrounding Michelle’s death don’t match Jan||10/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean6: Cults and witchcraft||Tipster Sharon Blasing gives police some of her ex-husband James Dunn’s books, which discuss black magic and the practice of baptizing Satanists with water in which un-baptized children have drowned. Police eliminate Dunn as a suspect in Michelle||10/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean5: The girl in the café||Private investigator Norbert Kurczewski hires a police artist to come up with a sketch of the couple who was with the little girl in the Black Earth Café. One of the waitresses is hypnotized, but she can’t come up with any additional information ab||9/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean4: Missing mom||Jan Manders can’t accept the finding that her daughter’s death was an accident. She walks away on her daughter Jennifer’s fifth birthday and declines into substance abuse and mental illness. Jennifer and her older brother, Christopher, are pretty||9/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean3: Where's Michelle?||A couple of months before Michelle Manders disappeared, her mother Jan befriended a woman named Teri Mueller. Teri stayed at the Manders’ house one night when her husband failed to pick her up at 10 p.m. The next morning, both she and Michelle were go||9/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean2: The shadow man||Watertown police investigate Michelle’s death on their own for 24 hours and find her mother’s purse about a block away. Police and her family search for the free-spirited little girl. Meanwhile, Michelle’s 4-year-old sister Jennifer tells them tha||9/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean1: 'Not my baby'||Two-and-a-half-year-old Michelle Manders disappears from her Watertown home in the middle of the night in October 1981. About three weeks later, her body is found in the Rock River, which winds through town. Hers was the fifth in a series of strang...||8/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSeason Two: A toddler’s death, a tangled trail||Coming Aug. 30: Authorities quickly ruled the death of 2 ½-year-old Michelle Manders an accident. But there were shortcomings in the investigation. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel investigates: Did Michelle wander off in the middle of the night? Or was||8/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean7: A new beginning||A new detective takes over the John Zera homicide investigation and discovers a serial killer with Wisconsin ties.||12/15/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean6: Blinded by science||By 2009, Detective Kent Schoonover fears the chance to solve John Zera's murder has slipped away, in part because the eccentric medical examiner who did the autopsy made a mess of it.||12/8/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean5: What did we miss?||Two years after John Zera was murdered, an anonymous tip about a Franklin High substitute teacher with an unusual interest in boys' feet would generate a new prime suspect.||12/1/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean4: Citizen detective||The day after John Zera's body was found, Daniel Acker was found standing over the crime scene in Whitnall Park. His alibi for the day of John's death was shaky, but police dismissed him. Acker would strike up a correspondence with the Zera family and .||11/24/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean3: A chilling discovery||In 2009, police investigating the 1976 homicide of John Zera catch a break when a swim coach is arrested for child molesting. A search of the man's condo reveals clues about John's case.||11/17/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean2: Where do we start?||Before John Zera, Hales Corners Detective Howard Hingiss had only handled one murder case. While he narrowed down the suspect list, with the help of the F.B.I. and other departments, he would never discover the identity of the murderer. Twenty-five yea.||11/10/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean1: Have you seen Johnny?||On Feb. 20, 1976, freshman John Zera disappeared from a high school in suburban Milwaukee. In the early days, John's family hoped for his safe return. Later, they prayed whoever was responsible for his disappearance would be brought to justice. Finally.||11/3/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
This is going to be a great series. The host is engaging and knowledgeable. I hope the end result is answers for the still grieving family.
Why such short episodes?????
Sounds pretty good, the host seems to know the information and she is ok to listen to, but why do I want to listen to an episode that is only 6 minutes long or 12 minutes long? It seems ridiculous! I like to listen to podcasts when I'm driving to work and such and I certainly don't want to be clicking to the next episode every 10 minutes or waiting a week for another annoying 12 minute episode. Make them a lot longer and this will be an awesome podcast!
I find this podast to be very intersting. I am looking forward to the next installment.