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Retired Cold Case Investigator Paul Holes and Investigative Journalist Billy Jensen dig deep into unsolved murders, unidentified remains and missing persons cases. Each week listeners ride shotgun as Holes and Jensen attempt to solve the crime using a variety of methods, from old-fashioned detective work to advanced technologies including familial DNA searches, social media geotargeting, and maybe most important—the skills of their listeners who send in tips and theories, becoming active members of The Murder Squad.
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The Search for Mr. Cruel

The Search for Mr. Cruel

2020-09-1456:357

Billy and Paul look into the unsolved cases of Mr. Cruel out of Melbourne, Australia in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s. The unknown offender attacked four young girls creating terror.  He wore a black ski mask and was usually armed with a knife and gun. Despite law enforcement knocking on over 30,000 doors, Mr. Cruel has never been caught. See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.
The MacDonald Murders

The MacDonald Murders

2020-09-0701:33:2610

Paul and Billy look into the 1970 murders of Colette MacDonald and her two young daughters in Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Colette's husband--a surgeon and former Green Beret--Jeffrey MacDonald was eventually convicted of the murders but has always maintained his innocence. With the help of filmmaker and podcaster Marc Smerling from The Jinx and Morally Indefensible, the guys look into a case riddled with confessions and betrayal.   See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.
Who Killed Nanette Krentel?

Who Killed Nanette Krentel?

2020-08-3101:07:356

Billy and Paul look into the unsolved 2017 murder of Nanette Krentel out of Lacombe, Louisiana. The offender tried to cover up her murder with a fire that burnt down a 3,000 square foot home in rural Louisiana. It's a case with fingers pointed all around the community but still no justice has been seen.  See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.
Paul and Billy look into the case of serial killer Henry Louis Wallace. In the early 1990’s, a monster was prowling Charlotte, North Carolina. His targets were young, attractive black women. And his victims barely made the news until he went on a 48-hour killing spree. All of these victims were in his circle of friends and co-workers. He only confessed to those he knew could be tied to him. Which begs the question--how many other victims does he have? See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.
Paul and Billy delve into the 2006 unsolved murders of Chynna and Blake Dickus in Franklin, Indiana. About 25 miles from Indianapolis, in a new subdivision riddled with home break-ins, it is a double murder that haunts the community. A three and half hour window allowed someone to enter the Dickus home and kill a 10-year old boy and his stepmother.  Billy and Paul also look into the unsolved murder of Elizabeth Barraza in Tomball, Texas. See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.
Paul and Billy look into the murder of Heidi Newman, a case Paul investigated while supervising the crime lab in 2003. It's a case that held similarities to a still unsolved murder six years prior. With the help of investigator Leonard Orman, the three delve into the 1997 unsolved murder of Linda Lincoln. Both women knew Matthew Kroll, the man in prison for Heidi's murder. And both Leonard and Paul think Kroll may have other victims.  See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.
In 1998, Rita Hester was murdered in her Boston apartment. Rita was active in the transgender community and her gruesome death inspired Transgender Remembrance Day—but her murderer is still out there. Paul and Billy investigate Rita’s case, and also shed light on the recent murders of Merci Mack, Shakie Peters, Brayla Stone, Bree Black, Draya McCarty, Remmie Fells and Riah Milton—seven transgender women found slain in June and July of 2020. So far, only two cases have led to an arrest. We need to change that. See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.
Billy and Paul travel to 1891 New York City to investigate the unsolved murder of Carrie Brown. While often tied to Jack The Ripper, no conclusive evidence has linked the two and the case that caused a media storm remains unsolved. This new episode is in partnership with TNT's The Alienist: Angel of Darkness. See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.
This week Paul and Billy decide to look into cases that their friend Michelle McNamara, author of I'll Be Gone in the Dark, looked into on her blog True Crime Diary. They look at unsolved cases in Oregon and the link to potential serial killer Bobby Jack Fowler. Fowler was a violent offender with cases in Oregon, Iowa, Texas, Tennessee and Canada. And those are just the cases we know. See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.
This week Paul and Billy look into the mysterious death of Tamla Horsford. In November 2018, Tamla Horsford was the only black guest at an adult slumber party in Cumming, Georgia. By all accounts she was the life of the party. But in the early morning hours she was found dead outside. With the help of Tamla's family attorney Ralph E. Fernandez, Billy and Paul try to find out how a mother of five died that night.  See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.
Last week, the body of Specialist Vanessa Guillen was found near a river. She was murdered. And she was not the only Fort Hood soldier to be killed since March.  In this episode, Billy and Paul will delve into the eight cases of unsolved homicides and unknown causes of death of soldiers from the base. And with the help of Murder Squad listeners, they take a closer look at how the US Army investigates sexual assault, sexual harassment and missing persons amidst their ranks—including the case of LaVena Johnson.  See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.
This week Paul and Billy look into two missing persons cases. The first is a soldier who went missing while on post. Vanessa Guillen was last seen at Fort Hood in Texas on April 22nd. The second is a mail carrier last seen on camera leaving her home. Kierra Coles was last seen outside her home in the Chatam area of Chicago on October 2nd, 2018. Neither case is related. Each in a different part of the country and separated by over a year. But both cases still have families, friends and the community looking for the women. See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.
In Elizabeth Short: The Black Dahlia Part 2, Billy and Paul turn their focus on who may have been capable of committing such a gruesome crime. They look into the usual suspects: the men in Elizabeth's life before her murder, Hodel and Dillon. But after digging to find other crimes that mirrored Short, two other possibilities take center stage. One with a tie to overseas and World War II. See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.
After the murders of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, Paul and Billy examine the systemic racism that is resulting in the deaths of so many black men and women by police in the United States. And they explore how defunding the police could be seen as an opportunity to fix a broken crime solving system and actually solve more serious crimes. Retired LAPD Sgt. Cheryl Dorsey joins to discuss how to fix the problem within police departments around the country. And former prosecutor Loni Coombs joins to discuss the Eric Garner case, and whether there is any other legal recourse that can be taken against the cop who murdered him.  See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.
Billy and Paul examine one of the most perplexing unsolved murders in America, the Black Dahlia. In the first of a two part series, Paul examines the autopsy summaries, and through the lens of advancements in forensics, identifies the wounds inflicted on Elizabeth Short. These new observations lead directly into new possible theories. This episode was part of a batch record before Paul went into surgery last week. At the top of the show, we address the immense importance of the Black Lives Matter movement and the steps we can take for change, including the first steps in a massive dismantling of how policing is done in America. Next week we will devote the episode on police brutality and how things can—and must—change.   See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.
Who Killed Ebby Steppach?

Who Killed Ebby Steppach?

2020-06-0153:3410

Paul and Billy look into an unsolved murder of an 18-year-old out of Little Rock, Arkansas. Ebby Steppach went missing in late October of 2015. The only sign left behind was her car with a dead battery, empty gas tank and the keys still in the ignition. Her family and friends searched for over two years before Ebby's remains were located. Now Billy and Paul are hoping the Murder Squad can help find justice for Ebby.  See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.
Billy and Paul look into one of the three men given the nickname "The Freeway Killer." Randy Kraft was caught redhanded with a victim in his car at the time of a drunk driving arrest in May 1983. But the search of his car led to a list of potentially 61 victims. Paul and Billy are joined by former NCIS Investigator Julie Haney who interviewed Kraft about one of his victims. The three discuss the possibility that Kraft's victims could actually be in the 100's.  See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.
Billy and Paul look into convicted serial killer Michael Magliolo, who hitched rides with truckers to find his victims on the road. They are joined by retired Nashville detective Pat Postiglione, the man who caught Magliolo—as well as one of the most infamous trucker killers—Bruce Mendenhall. All three think Magliolo has many more victims and need the Murder Squad to aid in their search. See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.
Paul and Billy look into two separate cases nearly four decades apart, each haunted with a voice of the offender. The first case, from Canada, is searching for a murderer. A man picked up Amber Tuccaro as she hitchhiked her way into town. He didn’t know his voice was being recorded as she protested. The other is a kidnapping—the apparent abductor of Margaret Ellen Fox calling her parents. Billy and Paul are hoping that the Murder Squad may recognize these evil voices, and help deliver justice.  See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.
West Memphis Three

West Memphis Three

2020-05-0401:23:1222

Billy and Paul look into the murders of 8-year-olds Christopher Byers, Michael Moore and Stevie Branch in West Memphis, Arkansas. Paul gives his unfiltered, professional opinion of what happened to the boys, as well as who he thinks may be responsible--listener discretion is advised. Billy and Paul also talk with one of the three men who was originally convicted of the murders. If you would like to hear more about the case, you can watch "The West Memphis Three: An ID Murder Mystery" on InvestigationDiscovery.com or via the IDGo app. See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.
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Comments (378)

Sophia Grace

is it possible that this guy would stop if he had easy access to a victim? like a child, grandchild, or perhaps he has been able to purchase children from traffickers?

Sep 14th
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Just an Opinion...

Of all the scumbags in the history of crime, this guy is the one that I really, really want to see go down.

Sep 14th
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l ko

Great podcast! Love that they're trying to be as progressive as possible and keep up with fast changing times when it comes to social issues and language regarding sex workers!

Sep 11th
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Heather Sandberg-Flaugh

This is the case that got me into true crime. My mom went to school with the floppy hat lady and my uncle received stitches on his head by MacDonald when he was 6.

Sep 7th
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jess d

bet Mr. Roger's has not a lot of melanin 🤷‍♀️

Sep 1st
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Kalle Aleksanteri Ruohonen

So is there a way to listen to the conversation you guys had with Paul Haynes?

Sep 1st
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Jake Dalton

Who is the female voice that doesn't get introduced?

Aug 29th
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Mary Palmer Baez

old world thinking rape is not a crime no one cares unless the people are famous.

Aug 17th
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Sophia Grace

women rarely wear nylons now. he would be hard-pressed to find someone who does.

Aug 13th
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Roberta Mise

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Aug 11th
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Yasmine C

I highly recommend this 2 part series. This is such an old case, I thought everything had been covered. This has an interesting theory . You don't necessarily have to listen to both parts. This one is about possible suspects. The first part is excellent. They provide a profile based on crime scene and body. It's quite gruesome, though.

Aug 3rd
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Megan

Way late to the party and will probably never get an answer but floating this idea. Could Joe claim the YT was just for entertainment especially because as Paul said he never said "I am going to do x" because yeah I wondered about that too and how he never got charged prior to mfh

Jul 31st
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BC

Good episode

Jul 27th
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Elizabeth Williams

Has anyone ever thought that these could be the first victims or early victims of Lawrence Singleton, who raped and cut the arms off of Mary Vincent. He dropped her off a 30 foot cliff. The county she was hitchhiking in was a county over from these but he tried to kill her about 2 to 3 counties over. It seems to fit his MO and my mind first thought of this as I listened to it.

Jul 20th
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Edge0fHeaven

I've actually passed a bunch of hitch hiking lately and it makes me feel so uncomfortable.

Jul 20th
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Dre Crego

I’d love to know what all the other women at the party have to say about this... Are they talking at all?

Jul 16th
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Karly Pearson

Heather is amazing... and hearing her say things like she "didn't realise that at the time" sounds like she's feeling guilty for being attacked... it breaks my heart. She did what she had to do to save herself, she's such a strong woman who could benefit from some professional support

Jul 16th
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Jaymes

what's An "Adult Slumber party? 🤨

Jul 15th
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lizzyb

And one more thing, she was smoking marijuana at the party, if they investigate, they should look into whomever her dealer was. Maybe he came to see her late night and they had an altercation. or, the husband always does it. maybe her hubby was not happy she was so intoxicated and came to pick her up and killed her and just left her there like he had never been there. See how easy it is to find another theory besides her being black.

Jul 13th
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lizzyb

i am going to listen to this case first but am wondering why you mentioned that she was the only black guest at this party. i hope it has something to do with the story. seems like racism is kept alive by the media. what if a girl died at an all black party. people would be highly offended if an aricle suggested that because she was white, this happened. Please just stick to crime, and this is for all podcasts right now. It is not your responsibily to address every social ill in your podcasts. i live in the area where this happened. She was wasted and crazy things happen when people are wasted. people say she didnt appear wasted. her bac was very high. i think all the alcohol hit her at once and she probably fell quite a bit before falling off the balcony. i am a recovering alcoholic and had that bac many times. i was covered in bruises and fractured my foot and had several serious head injuries. i was this drunk many times. i woke up one time alone in my house with two black eyes, to this day, i have yet to figure it out. try talking to an alcoholic next time you cant figure iut how someone got so many injuries. These people didnt kill her. they were friends with her..get out of here with all that...

Jul 13th
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