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Four separate cases, four young girls. All of whom go missing in the early to mid-1970s, all within miles from one another in neighboring New England towns. And not one arrest has been made in over 50 years. In Paper Ghosts, investigative journalist and true crime author M. William Phelps’ decade-long search for answers is reignited when a call reveals new information that sets the investigation in motion, uncovering never-made-public documents and bringing forth new witnesses and suspects.

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Introducing Paper Ghosts

Introducing Paper Ghosts

2020-08-3102:3014

Four girls go missing, all within miles from one another in neighboring New England towns. And not one arrest is made. Fifty years later, the search for answers is reignited when a call reveals new information that sets the investigation in motion. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
1. The Dead Butterfly

1. The Dead Butterfly

2020-09-0938:2334

Janice Pockett was only 7 years old when she went missing during the summer of 1973. She had been given permission for the first time to ride her bike alone, so she made her way down the dirt road near her family’s home. As she turned the corner, it was the last time anybody ever saw her again. For decades, the case has remained unsolved. It was not until recently, when a new piece of information turns the case upside down and shifts the investigation in an entirely new direction. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
One year after Janice Pockett went missing in Tolland, CT, another young girl was abducted just a few miles from where Janice was last seen. Lisa Joy White was 13 when she suddenly vanished on her way home from a friend's house in 1974. Early belief was that Lisa ran away. Police believed her friend knew what happened. Now, for the first time, Lisa's friend is telling her side of the story. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
3. A Hell House

3. A Hell House

2020-09-0933:3717

Susan LaRosa was 20 years old and already a mom to three young children when she disappeared in 1975. She had dark black hair, cut just above her shoulders. She was petite, 95 pounds. Her husband said she left their apartment one evening to get diapers and baby formula and never returned. That’s the extent of what you’d know about Susan LaRosa if you read about her case in the newspapers. But after years of looking into her story, and speaking with family members who are finally ready to talk, the mystery takes a disturbing turn as a person of interest emerges. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
4. 'Mommy, Wake Up'

4. 'Mommy, Wake Up'

2020-09-1635:2622

WARNING: This episode contains material that may be unsuitable and difficult for some to hear. The story has always been that Susan LaRosa left her apartment to pick up baby supplies and call her mother the night she disappeared. She did this just about every night at the same time at a nearby drug store. Her husband was considered a suspect immediately. More than 40 years later, an eyewitness has come forward with details about what happened the night Susan was murdered. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
5. A Dangerous Man

5. A Dangerous Man

2020-09-2344:4727

All of the missing cases have become like the five points of a star—no matter how you draw it, each point shoots a dotted line back to one person of interest: Bob LaRosa. However, there are far more nefarious secrets buried deep within his family that could lead to another suspect and new answers—starting with yet another missing young woman Bob knew very well.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
6. A Grave For Many

6. A Grave For Many

2020-09-3039:5819

A frantic call brings forward a new lead, with new clues and a new person of interest with connections to Bob LaRosa. As local authorities have been focused on a group of violent, sexually perverted men exploiting and violating young women in the area, a surprising connection links this new person of interest back to the water walls where police have been looking. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
7. The Runaway

7. The Runaway

2020-10-0735:3410

The faces of Janice Pockett, Lisa White, and Debbie Spickler appear side by side on one missing persons flier that continues to be posted around town to this day. The public and media have always grouped these cases together. Three young girls, suddenly gone. Yet that is where the similarities stop. Recently uncovered documents help clear up the misinformation that’s been reported on 13-year-old Debbie Spickler’s case for over 50 years, and reveals a whole new web of mysteries that takes us in an entirely new direction. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
For just a moment in 2013, there was a glint of hope that the remains of one of the missing girls had been discovered. For their families, it was a discovery that finally felt like there would be answers. As the investigation heats up, a new source comes forward and flips the entire investigation upside down. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
9. The Witness

9. The Witness

2020-10-2131:07

He was best friends with Bob LaRosa. His ex-wife has described him as violent. And he’s been talking about bodies being buried in local water wells. It’s time for the Witness to speak. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Comments (24)

T. Rebecca Harrington

Great podcast!

Oct 8th
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ksnyder

the end of episode 5 cut off - please post the rest!

Oct 6th
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Cynthia Graves

where is the rest of the story? what is the outcome the ending? never did talk to the witness.

Oct 5th
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Amber Dayley

Great Podcast

Sep 29th
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Lorraine Jones

please stop saying "exspecially"

Sep 23rd
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AmyInAlabama

Love the narrator of this pod! He’s so gracious and kind to the families, and his passion for justice shines in his excellent storytelling of such an awful case. And holy cow, THAT PHONE CALL broke me!!!

Sep 23rd
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Myra Hardin Cline

are there going to be more episodes?

Sep 21st
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Adam Jones

It's interesting how much this lays open the truth to the "mayberry" like town that lives in the authors memories. This isn't unique to the author, all people do it, but it's amazing how much can be going on around you in a community and you never see it.

Sep 21st
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Adam Jones

end of episode 2, and ONLY NOW do you start to wonder if there is a connection between the disappearances?

Sep 21st
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Adam Jones

I'll preface this by saying I like the show a lot, but I also have to say that sometimes I wish there was a true crime show bringing attention to missing and exploited children who are OTHER than white. I understand that this guy is a reporter, who has a direct connection to a specific case and so that is why he is doing this podcast. But given the massive numbers of kids and teens who go missing every year, it just feels like they're ought to be a corresponding show to help bring attention to the rest of them.

Sep 21st
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Rob Claypool

great podcast

Sep 20th
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