Unsolved Murders: True Crime Stories
By Parcast Network
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Unsolved Murders: True Crime Stories is a podcast drama with a modern twist on old time radio that delves into the mystery of true cold cases and unsolved murders. With the help of an ensemble cast, follow our hosts as they take you on an entertaining journey through the crime scene, the investigation and attempt to solve the case. With many surprising plot twists, it’s important you start listening from the first episode of a cold case. New episodes are released every Tuesday. Unsolved Murders: True Crime Stories is part of the Parcast Network and is a Cutler Media Production.
||Clean"Patty Hearst" - Carter's new podcast: HOSTAGE!||Patty Hearst Pt. 1: The Kidnapping - Ad-free sneak peek of Hostage!||10/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanE118: “Dying to Go Out” Pt. 2 - Carolyn Wasilewski||A man found dead, hanging from a railcar.||10/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanE117: “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.||10/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanE116: “Up In Smoke” Pt. 2 - The Sodder Family Tragedy||After five of their children died in a tragic Christmas Eve fire in 1945, George and Jennie Sodder were certain that it was not due to faulty wiring.||10/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanE115: “Up In Smoke” - The Sodder Family Tragedy||On Christmas Eve 1945, a fire swept through the home of George and Jennie Sodder.||9/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanE114: “The Socialite Slaying” Pt. 2 - Athalia Ponsell Lindsley||In January 1974, Athalia Ponsell Lindsley was murdered in broad daylight on the front porch of her St. Augustine, Florida home.||9/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanE113: “The Socialite Slaying” - Athalia Ponsell Lindsley||There was no shortage of suspects in the January 1974 murder of socialite Athalia Ponsell Lindsley.||9/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanE112: “The Blonde Dolly” Pt. 2 - Sebilla Alida Johanna Niemans||After two other Dutch sex workers were murdered in 1957 and 1958, Sebilla Niemans, aka the Blonde Dolly, hired a bodyguard to keep her safe.||9/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanE111: “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?||9/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanE110: “To Hell With Husbands” Pt. 2 - Josslyn Hay||Many people had a motive to kill Josslyn Hay, but who also had the means and opportunity?||8/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanE109: “To Hell With Husbands” - Josslyn Hay||Josslyn Hay was a British aristocrat who moved with his wife, Lady Idina Sackville, to Africa.||8/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanE108: Tent Girl Pt. 2||Todd Matthews first heard the story of Tent Girl on Halloween night in 1987.||8/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanE107: 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.||8/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanE106: “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.||7/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanE105: “Unprepared” Pt. 2 - The Oklahoma Girl Scout Murders||After three Girl Scouts were found dead on the edge of an Oklahoma forest, authorities zeroed in on 33-year-old Gene LeRoy Hart – a fugitive who had been serving time for both rape and burglary.||7/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanE104: “Unprepared” - The Oklahoma Girl Scout Murders||In June of 1977, three girls were found dead at a Girl Scouts Camp on the edge of a northeastern Oklahoma forest.||7/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanE103: “The Skeleton Under The House” - James Gilmore||Fourteen-year-old Jimmie Gilmore was missing for 23 years until he was found buried in the crawlspace underneath his own house.||7/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanE102: “Dead on the 4th of July” Pt. 2 - Marilyn Reese Sheppard||After a lengthy appeals process, Sam Sheppard was set free in 1964, ten years after his wife Marilyn’s murder.||7/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanE101: “Dead on the 4th of July” - Marilyn Reese Sheppard||Prestigious doctor Sam Sheppard woke up in the middle of the night to find his wife Marilyn dead from a gruesome murder.||6/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanE100: “The Sex Diary Slaying” Pt. 2 - Christa Helm||Before her violent murder in February 1977, Christa Helm made diary entries and secret audio recordings of her famous and powerful lovers.||6/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanE99: "The Sex Diary Slaying" - Christa Helm||Christa Helm was an aspiring Hollywood actress who was no stranger to the male gaze.||6/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanE98: 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.||6/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanE97: The Sims Family Murders||The brutal slayings of Dr. Robert Sims, his wife Helen, and their 12-year-old daughter Joy Lynn rocked the southern city of Tallahassee in 1966.||5/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanE96: The Wanda Beach Murders Pt. 2||The murders of teenagers Christine Sharrock and Marianne Schmidt shocked the community of Wanda Beach.||5/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanE95: The Wanda Beach Murders||Australian teens Christine Sharrock, Marianne Schmidt, and Marianne's four younger siblings set out for the beach.||5/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanE94: “The Murder Nobody Saw” Pt. 2 - Ken McElroy||After years of bullying the residents of Skidmore…||5/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanE93: “The Murder Nobody Saw” - Ken McElroy||Many people wanted Ken McElroy dead, so it was not surprising when he was shot and killed.||4/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanE92: “The Slaying of Pamela Werner” Pt. 2||Who was to blame...her boyfriend… a stranger… a colleague… her father?||4/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWelcome to Unsolved Murders!||Learn what to expect on Unsolved Murders: True Crime Stories.||6/3/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFind Full Archive of Unsolved Murders on Stitcher Premium||We now offer our complete AD-FREE archives of episodes six months or older on Stitcher Premium!||12/31/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
Based on the preview, I don't think I'll be checking this one out soon
Is it too soon to judge a podcast before its first episode?
I listened to the very first upload, curious on what their description meant by have a twist on radio drama. What I heard had repelled rather than enticed me to listen to that first episode (which was, I'm presuming, the whole point of it being there).
Instead of something that made me feel like I was really there at any point, I couldn't lose myself at all.
I busted out laughing from the Axeman line reading—it was half the way this voice that tried so hard to be edgy/intimidating & half how he trailed off.
In fact, none of the acting I heard was great. The accents were unconvincing even to my untrained ear, deliveries felt read off a paper (" you're tellin' me" line). The female host did NOT sell me. The "yes that was the Axeman" made me wonder if they were trying to say "oooh look how creepy that voice was!" Or a kinda embarrassed "yes, that was the Axeman. He does that sometimes, interrupting our podcast. Don't mind him". Neither sounded so much interested as selling a series by cold-reading the pitch. And the thing about the Axeman's line reading being completely true to fact, as if that's something special..? This is true crime, isn't it? It's appealing to true crime fans, right? Then it's neither impressive nor altogether spooky to hear the letter read verbatim. I wasnt made to be scared of him before, and definitely not now. Hell, if I didn't already know about those murders, I'd wonder what they were going on about. They could've enticed audiences by given some... I don't know... Background into the very interesting cases coming up? There was some sort of sound montage there reminiscent of a cheesy crime reenactment show on investigation discovery. But here's the thing: those shows have visuals to let the audience know what's up. On audio-only formats, you need to make sure that you convey the same information and retain relevant context. I didn't know if I was supposed to be in New Orleans or in a house or what. On that note...
The sound quality was good, but in some instances it you don't want every single sound right next to your ear. The noise of footsteps and all conversations came off as if the editor didn't think to make the crisp effect of shoes further away or add any spacial feel to dialogue. It just sounded like broken up audio cuts. Like the actors spoke into the mic and sent the audio in. And then someone grabbed some free music and effects to slip in, on the same volume as everything else.
The structure was the nail in the coffin though. Instead of reminding everyone that listening to their podcast is ultimately useless because the cases remain unsolved. By that point saying "but we are gonna try to speculate on who we think did it!" Doesn't fix that feeling. Instead, they could've stuck with the speculating side. Though I had a huge problem with that concept:
This podcast seems like it is trying to do a radio docudrama, based on actual cases and facts. Then they go ahead and show their conclusions ("guilty!"). But if the docudrama bits are real, this means they are portraying their admitted guesswork as equal as trustable fact. To me that comes off as more of a serious claim. to be fair, others could see it as them perpetrating a (rare) trope of true crime dramatization shows—dramatize the theories. When it comes to true crime media that I care the legitimacy of, that just rubs me the wrong way. And even if it didn't, that teaser included no reason to trust the speculation the podcast would offer.
The teaser episode didn't do its job, and I wish I could rate only that. And if it's a concern: no, I don't have to listen to the first episode, because I shouldn't have to be convinced to by anything other than interest.
I hope they perhaps make a new trailer or learn from my concerns stated here, I wish them only the best.
I just listened to the first episode. While I'm not sure about them acting out the scenes (I'm withholding judgement. It's a little tacky this 1st episode, and it might take away more than it adds to a serious case, I think they just might get it to work in time) the coverage of the axeman was informative and interesting.
I thoroughly enjoyed this podcast so far! It is refreshing to hear a podcast that has great sound value and production. My favorite part was the way they intertwined the voice actors in with the hosts. It kept it entertaining and never boring. I also felt the episodes continued to get better as they went along. Can't wait for the next one!