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 three of Unsolved tells the story of Father Alfred Kunz, whose throat was slit inside St. Michael School in 1998. Some believe his death was linked to his battles against evil. Others believe his all-too-human flaws were to blame. Season two of Unsolved, released in 2017, 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? 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.
||Clean9: 'Bear Wrongs Patiently'||Detective Wayne Honer was among those who did not believe teacher Brian Jackson killed Father Kunz. While Detective Kevin Hughes was chasing Jackson, Honer focused on a different suspect.||3/20/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean8: 'Comfort the Sorrowful'||Immediately after Father Alfred Kunz’s death, St. Michael teacher Brian Jackson moved in with Kunz’s best friend, Father Charles Fiore. Detective Kevin Hughes was convinced Jackson was the killer. Support for this episode comes from Audible. Go to||3/13/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIntroducing: Case Closed||Here is another true crime podcast you might like. Season one of Case Closed tells the story of Erin Corwin, a young military wife who was murdered in 2014\. She was living with her husband, Jon, a Marine corporal, when she left to scout hiking trails .||3/8/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean7: 'Shelter the Homeless'||A Dane County sheriff’s deputy came to believe his nephew, Joe Cavanaugh, was Father Kunz’s killer. The attack on Kunz was similar to one Cavanaugh was believed to have committed against his grandfather.||3/6/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean6: 'Counsel the Doubtful'||St. Michael had been robbed in the months before Father Alfred Kunz’s death, and police believed the robbery and Kunz’s murder may have been connected.||2/27/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean5: 'Pray for the Living and the Dead '||Police have evidence that Father Alfred Kunz had performed exorcisms without the support of the church hierarchy, which official Catholic exorcists characterize as risky and foolish. Support for this episode comes from Care/Of. For 50% off your firs...||2/20/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean4: 'Admonish the Sinner'||Father Alfred Kunz and Father Charles Fiore had reportedly been investigating sexual misconduct by priests without authorization from church leadership. Their efforts crossed the state line into Illinois.||2/13/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean3: 'Feed the Hungry'||Father Alfred Kunz met Mora Smith at Brian’s Diner, where she often served him breakfast. The two became close, with him helping her spiritually and financially. After Kunz’s death, police interrogated her and her two young sons. Support for this ep||2/6/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean2: Instruct the Ignorant||On the last night of his life, Father Alfred Kunz taped a radio show with co-host Peter Kelly and best friend Father Charles Fiore. Sometime after 10 p.m., Kunz was involved a struggle, which ended with an unknown assailant cutting his throat.||1/30/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean1: Bury the Dead||Father Alfred Kunz was murdered on the night of March 3, 1998\. His throat was slit and his body was found in a hallway at St. Michael School in Dane the next morning. Kunz clung to the Latin Mass and the old ways of the Catholic church. His murder rem.||1/23/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSeason Three: The Devil You Know||The body of Fr. Alfred Kunz was found on the floor of St. Michael School in Dane on March 4, 1998\. Twenty years later, his murder remains unsolved.||12/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||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|
Interesting Topics, Different, but Appealing Approach
Why all the negative remarks about the narrator? I enjoy her conversational tone and do not hear a nasal quality. I notice that reviewers only berate the sound and style of women narrators, there are a lot of misogynists out there. The storytelling is interesting enough it keeps me invested. Sometimes I enjoy true crime that gets into the minutiae and then there are times I just want the most important facts. This podcast is the kind to give me the important facts, “easy listening,” great to listen to while I work on something else. I will definitely continue to listen to season 2 and 3.
Season three is difficult to get through primarily because of how delusional these religious and superstitious people are.
Vocal Frrrrryyyyyyy and Uptalk Galore
Narrator exhibits the speech of a preteen back from summer camp.