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Frozen Truth

Author: Scott Fuller

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A true crime podcast in pursuit of what actually happened.

Join Scott Fuller as he conducts on-the-ground investigations of a new mystery each season. Cases covered include the disappearances of Amy Wroe Bechtel, Ayla Reynolds, and Jodi Huisentruit.
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Amy Wroe Bechtel went for a run in the Shoshone National Forest south of Lander one afternoon in July 1997.She was never seen again.Christine Penhale (TheTrueCrimeFiles.com) joined us in this episode to go over the basics of Amy’s disappearance. Here’s a link to her article covering the case.
Dale Wayne Eaton is the only inmate on Wyoming’s death row. He abducted and murdered Lisa Marie Kimmell in 1988.Many believe he is responsible for other murders.
Lander, Wyoming is a great place to get lost. It’s home to some of the best search and rescue volunteers in the country.Despite a 10-day initial search involving hundreds of volunteers, dogs, aerial support and the latest technology, Amy Wroe Bechtel was never found.My guest on this episode is Dr. John Gookin, Ph.dHe was the Operations Chief and Deputy Incident Commander for the Amy Wroe Bechtel search in 1997.He’s also the Curriculum & Research Manager for the National Outdoor Leadership School in Lander, which instructs thousands of students each year in leadership and outdoor skills.
My guest on this episode is Jon Billman, who authored this excellent piece on Amy’s disappearance in 2016.His was among the first to detail the possible connection of Dale Wayne Eaton.
This week I’m in Lander, Wyoming to speak with the lead investigator on the Amy Wroe Bechtel disappearance; Detective Sgt. John Zerga of the Fremont County Sheriff’s office.This episode is the Season 1 finale of Frozen Truth. Thank you all for listening to Amy’s case.
Natrona County, Wyoming District Attorney Dan Itzen has announced that his office will continue to pursue the death penalty against convicted murderer Dale Wayne Eaton.In 1988, Eaton abducted and killed 18-year-old Lisa Marie Kimmell as she drove from Colorado to Cody, Wyoming. He was not connected to the murder until his DNA was matched in 2004, leading to his arrest and conviction. A jury subsequently sentenced him to death.Eaton, 74, has been appealing his conviction and sentence for the past 15 years.In 2013, the the Fremont County Sheriff’s Office in Lander, Wyoming announced information they’d received that may implicate Eaton in the 1997 disappearance of Amy Wroe Bechtel.Frozen Truth covered Amy’s case in Season 1.
I'm happy to resume our coverage of Amy Wroe Bechtel's disappearance from Lander, Wyoming in 1997. New Season 1 episodes are on the way! Over the next weeks and months, we'll dive even deeper into Amy's case, speaking with the people who knew her and the case.In this episode, I speak with Amy's brother Nels Wroe. He shares his concerns about Amy and Steve's relationship, and recounts what it's been like to search for answers to what happened to his younger sister 22 years ago.(By the way, my full conversation with Nels is available right now to Patreon supporters: www.Patreon.com/FrozenTruth)And please stay tuned to the end of the episode for a special preview of a new podcast I'm listening to from Wondery...What is it like to be famous before you’re famous? What is it like to walk in the shoes of another person? Each episode of Imagined Life takes you on an immersive journey into the life of a world-famous person. It’ll be someone you may think you know, even admire -- or maybe the opposite. You’ll get clues to your identity along the way. But only in the final moments will you find out who “you” really are. So sit back, let go, and -- imagine your life, with our hosts, Oscar nominated Virginia Madsen and celebrated voice actor Robbie Daymond. From Wondery, the network behind Dirty John. Listen now at www.wondery.fm/frozen
Going back to our Season 1 case; the 1997 disappearance of Amy Wroe Bechtel.There's been a long-awaited legal development relating to Dale Wayne Eaton, a possible suspect in Amy's case.This short update episode provides the latest...(For more on the Lisa Marie Kimmell case, and other coverage of Eaton, see my latest podcast productions for 'Dead & Gone In Wyoming', which is available wherever you listen to podcasts.)Support Frozen Truth in Patreon here: https://www.patreon.com/frozentruth
SEASON 1 UPDATE: A judge will order Dale Wayne Eaton to undergo a mental evaluation which could determine whether he will face the death penalty.http://www.frozentruthpodcast.com/2020/06/judge-to-rule-on-dale-wayne-eatons-mental-capacity/Last month, following 15 years of appeals and court rulings, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear Eaton's final appeal. Following that decision, Wyoming prosecutors have re-stated their intentions to continue pursuing Eaton's execution.Here's an update episode following court proceedings in Natrona County, Wyoming earlier today.Thank you for your Patreon support of Frozen Truth! https://www.patreon.com/frozentruth
20-month-old Ayla Reynolds disappeared from her father’s home in Waterville, Maine a week before Christmas in 2011.Ayla has never been found.In Season 2 of Frozen Truth, we’ll seek answers for Ayla, Ayla’s family and for the rest of us.We’ll also pursue understanding into why no charges have been filed in Ayla’s disappearance, how she came to be placed in a vulnerable situation in the first place, and where the investigation is today.
The media coverage of Ayla’s disappearance was intense.Rob Poindexter joins me on this episode.At the time Ayla disappeared, Rob was the Central Maine Bureau Chief for WABI TV5. His office was on Main Street in Waterville.
No charges have been filed in connection with Ayla Reynolds’ disappearance.Wisconsin defense attorney Jessa Nicholson Goetz joins me on this episode to discuss the legal issues surrounding Ayla’s case.Jessa has been voted by her peers at being among the top 5% of criminal defense attorneys in Wisconsin. Check out her podcast, “Getting Off”, which examines true crime from a legal perspective.
Special thanks to Maine State Police Lt. Jeff Love for appearing in this week’s episode.
Two children who were placed by Maine’s Department of Health and Human Services and its Office of Child and Family Services have died in the last year.Both deaths were determined to be the result of child abuse at the hands of their foster caretakers.One state lawmaker called the events a “colossal failure” of the state’s government, adding: “we have miserably failed these kids.”The agency has been accused of systemic failures for two decades and before they became involved in the Ayla Reynolds’ disappearance in 2011.Writer Terrilyn Simpson is my guest this episode.
This epilogue episode is the Season 2 finale of Frozen Truth.Will this case be resolved?
Jodi Huisentruit disappeared from Mason City, Iowa on her way to work in June 1995.Jodi’s case will be the subject of Season 3. New episodes will be released bi-weekly on Sundays.Special thanks to Christine Penhale (TheTrueCrimeFiles.com) and James Wilcox (KETV, Omaha) for their time in this episode.
There’s a dark side to television reporting that few watching are aware of.Could Jodi Huisentruit’s abduction be related to her profession as an on-air media personality?
There are no shortage of leads to follow in Jodi Huisentruit’s disappearance.Early on, the FBI and local investigators wondered if her disappearance might be related to other unsolved murders of young women in north Iowa.
It took three days for the Mason City Police Department to declare the Jodi Huisentruit disappearance an abduction.Since then, the department’s investigation into one of Iowa’s most notorious cold cases has been thwarted by strange twists and turns.
Mason City, Iowa police have never named a suspect in the 1995 disappearance of television news anchor Jodi Huisentruit, but they have ruled a few people out.One of those men ruled out by authorities in Jodi’s case was a violent serial rapist who stalked some of his victims before attacking them in their own homes. That man, 21 year-old Tony Jackson, lived two blocks from KIMT-TV in Mason City at the time Jodi vanished.Some question what information police have kept quiet about Jackson that led to him being quickly ruled out as a possible suspect in the Huisentruit case.Caroline Lowe broke the story of Jackson’s possible link to the Jodi Huisentruit disappearance for WCCO-TV in Minneapolis three years later in 1998. She joins me on this episode to discuss her research and reporting on Jackson. We also discuss another man often suspected in Jodi’s disappearance, local seed dealer John Vansice, and examine a third possibility in the case: that someone else, previously unknown, is actually the person responsible for one of Iowa’s most notorious abductions.
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Pamigramstervilleyarns yarnswithatwist

Re Ala case, Gerber life insurance forms . were always included in the hospital exit bag after birth , so ins. for your child was not unusual in the 1980s

Oct 3rd
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Colleen M. Kelly

season 1 ep 1 - you have some sound leveling issues. Your ads and other music are so much louder than the story. Also hoping your intonation improves with some of the reading of records, transcripts, it sounds a bit like a text to speech translator.

Aug 3rd
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Dolly DT Hesman

wtf is a 20 month year old....idiot

Apr 21st
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Paul Kennedy

Figure out who spent the night at her place that night and you'll have your person. A stalker would have gone home and come back the next morning.

Dec 24th
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Paul Kennedy

Local news sell women anchors - especially the morning anchors - as sexual objects. The problem is the result of how management markets their morning news programs.

Dec 24th
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Opamaggio Casciani

Feed your kid some vegetables!!! lol. great work.

Nov 13th
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