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The Generation Why Podcast released its first episode in 2012 and pioneered the true crime genre in the podcasting world. Two friends, Aaron & Justin, break down theories and give their opinions on unsolved murders, controversies, mysteries and conspiracies.

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Nicole VanderHeyden - 369

Nicole VanderHeyden - 369

2020-04-0649:5712

May 20-21, 2016. Green Bay, Wisconsin. 31 year old Nicole "Nikki" VanderHeyden went out for an evening with her boyfriend, Doug, and some other friends. But after Nicole's battered nude body was discovered in a field the following afternoon, detectives were very interested in Doug Detrie in connection with the murder. As interviews were conducted, it became apparent that the couple had not been getting along. Could Doug have gone too far and murdered Nicole? Good detective work would reveal the truth of what happened to the well-liked mother of three.
Jordan Brown - 368

Jordan Brown - 368

2020-03-3001:04:3716

February 20, 2009. Wampum, Pennsylvania. Kenzie Houk, a pregnant mother of two, was asleep in her bed when someone shot her in the back of the head. Both Kenzie and her unborn son died. At the time, she was engaged to Chris Brown, who had a son named Jordan. When detectives investigated the home they could only come to one conclusion. That Jordan Brown was responsible for the crime. Their theory was that Jordan did not like how his life was disrupted by having a woman and her two daughters join his family with a little brother on the way. But was Jordan truly a murderer? Or could someone else have had a motive to kill Kenzie Houk?
In the late Spring of 1990, Martin Tankleff went on trial for the murders of his parents. Arlene & Seymour's deaths were brutal and prosecutors felt they had a solid case. But the Tankleff case wasn't over after a single trial. Martin's family held firm in their support for him and as time went on, he gained even more supporters. What was it about his case that produced so many believers in his innocence? Join us as we discuss Martin Tankleff's legal battles in his effort to win his freedom and exoneration.Sponsor:Green cleaners that actually clean and packaging that's landfill free? cleancult is the way to go. We both use cleancult and love it. cleancult.com/genwhyGet 25% off your first kit but act soon as this offer ends May 30th, 2020.
September 7th, 1988. Long Island, New York. A high school senior woke up one morning to discover that his parents, Seymour and Arlene Tankleff, had been brutally attacked in their home. His mother was dead and his father was just clinging to life. While that is Martin's account, the detectives who began an investigation saw things very differently. The Tankleffs were very wealthy and might their teenaged son have attacked them to get them out of his way so that he could have their money and live the life he truly dreamed of? Join us on this first episode of a two part series that covers an unbelievable case of greed, violence, and conflicting narratives.
Ellie Nesler - 365

Ellie Nesler - 365

2020-03-0956:2326

April 02, 1993. Jamestown & Sonora, California. Parents often say that if anyone ever harmed their child they would take action. Ellie Nesler's son, William, returned from a bible camp one summer but was almost a different person. His demeanor and his actions caused his mother concern but she could not get him to talk with her about it. One year later, William confided in an aunt and the truth came out. A dishwasher at the camp had sexually abused the six year old. Daniel Driver, who had encouraged William to go to the camp, had molested and raped children in the past but had only gotten a slap on the wrist. Little did he know that Ellie Nesler wasn't going to let him get away with his crime this time. Join us as we discuss vigilantism and the case of a family that would never seem to be at peace.
In 1978, Rodney Alcala won a date on the popular TV show, The Dating Game. What no one knew was that he was a prolific serial killer in the middle of a cross-country murder spree. In this six-part series, co-hosts Tracy Pattin (Hollywood & Crime) and Stephen Lang (Avatar, Don’t Breathe) take listeners on an unbelievable journey into Alcala’s twisting secret life. He hid behind normal jobs as a typesetter at a prominent newspaper and a summer camp counselor. How did this predatory monster fool employers, prison psychiatrists, and parole boards — all while committing heinous crimes from coast to coast? And how did a one-time appearance as a game show contestant help lead to his capture? From the makers of Dirty John, Dr. Death, and Young Charlie, learn the story of the most famous serial killer you’ve never heard of - The Dating Game Killer.Listen today at wondery.fm/genwhyDGK
August 25th, 2008. Springfield, Georgia. A 911 operator had difficulty understanding a woman who called for help. After a number of minutes, police and emergency personnel are dispatched to the home of the respected Heidt family. The details were disturbing. Someone had entered the home while Philip, Linda, and their adult son, Carey, would be asleep. Linda was actually awake, though, and was disturbed by the sound of a shotgun. Her son, her husband, as well as herself were all shot. Only Linda survived the attack. Detectives found only a few clues but they would lead them to their prime suspect. But an arrest wasn't made right away. They wanted to wait and see if Linda, who was recovering from a shotgun blast to her face and neck, would be able to identify the one who had done this to her and her family. Join us as we discuss a disturbing crime that was difficult for most of the family members to come to terms with.
Adam Braseel - 363

Adam Braseel - 363

2020-02-2401:23:5521

January 7, 2006. Grundy County, Tennessee. Police are called to a house after a woman is violently attacked. Becky Hill's son, Kirk Braden, had made the call after chasing the perpetrator from the home they shared with her brother, Malcolm Burrows. He also said that Malcolm had left the house earlier with the attacker to help him with his car. Hill survived her injuries but her brother was discovered murdered down the road. As part of the investigation, interviews are conducted and someone gives the name Adam Braseel to a detective. This young man fit the description and the car he drove seemed pretty similar to the car spotted by Hill. After Braseel's trial, though, evidence would mount suggesting that Adam was not involved. Would his guilty verdict stand? Or would another suspect surface? Join us as we discuss this unbelievable case of similarities and possible corruption.
Murder of Sarah Cherry - 362

Murder of Sarah Cherry - 362

2020-02-1701:10:5836

July 6, 1988. Bowdoin, Maine. 12 year old Sarah Cherry was babysitting John & Jennifer Henkel's 10 month old daughter. Before she was taken to the Henkel's home her mother reminded her not to tell anyone that she was alone at the house and not to answer the door. Later that afternoon, Jennifer Henkel arrived home and noticed some strange things in the driveway, doors to the house ajar, and inside her home she found the tv on and some of Sarah's things. But no sign of Sarah herself. Jennifer's daughter was safe in her crib. A check of the rest of the house and outside told her it was time to call the police and then Sarah's mother. Over the next two days the police had a suspect and the body of Sarah Cherry, which had been covered by a pile of brush and just hundreds of feet from the suspect's truck. As the evidence mounted and the case moved forward, the question of what happened to Sarah Cherry was publicly debated.
Lt. Joe Gliniewicz - 361

Lt. Joe Gliniewicz - 361

2020-02-1051:0425

September 1, 2015. Fox Lake, Illinois. On the morning of September 1st, Police Lt. Gliniewicz radioed dispatch a number of times after he saw some suspicious men. Before 8am he acknowledged that he would like a second unit sent to his location; off a gravel road by an old concrete plant. Officers in three different cars raced to the location and arrived in minutes only to find Lt Gliniewicz face down and deceased. Authorities began a manhunt for the three men the downed officer had radioed dispatch about. But as time went by, the narrative of the situation began to change and hidden truths began to be revealed. What exactly happened that morning and what really happened to Lt. Joe Gliniewicz? Join us as we discuss a strange case where appearances can be deceiving. Sponsored by:Sun Basket. Get healthy foods delivered to your door. With recipes for all kinds of dietary preferences including Paleo, , Organic, Vegetarian, Gluten-Free, and more, you'll be eating better and healthierevery week. Get $35 off your order when you go right now to sunbasket.com/genwhy and enter code genwhy at checkout.
Anthony Charles Graves - 360

Anthony Charles Graves - 360

2020-02-0301:13:1120

August 18. 1992. Somerville, Texas. A grandmother, her daughter, and four grandchildren were discovered dead in a home that was the scene of a fire. All six had been brutally murdered. Investigators got a big lead in the case at the funeral for the Davis family members and it ultimately resulted in the confession of one suspect and the identity of his accomplice. But the case wasn't that simple. As time went on, issues with the interrogation of their lead suspect and a review of the prosecution's case would cast serious doubts on their theory of the case and the trial itself. Join us as we discuss a case that shows the hunt for justice and the hunt for the truth aren't always part of the same mission.
April 5, 2015. South West England, UK. Victoria Cilliers decided to jump out of a plane as her husband suggested she should. She was an experienced parachutist and instructor. Parachuting might be just the thing to do for herself. But after she jumped, she realized soon after that something was wrong. Her parachute wasn't working and the reserve didn't work correctly, either. Victoria plummeted to the earth while her fellow parachutists watched in horror. Join us as we discuss a case involving love, betrayal, and devious plots.//Sponsors://PrettyLitter. Single bag per cat litter delivered to your door. Changes color to indicate potential health issues. prettylitter.com and use promo code GENWHY for 20% off your first order.// Feals. Use Feals CBD oil to naturally help reduce pain, anxiety, and sleeplessness. Become a member and get 50% off your first order. Visit: Feals.com/genwhy to sign up today.
Hosted by Justin from Generation Why and Tyler from The Minds of Madness.Wondery’s newest podcast explores some of the most-terrifying, real-life stories of people who came face to face with death. The podcast series raises the question on whether our choices control our destiny or if it all comes down to luck? A roll of the dice. At the end of each episode, it will be up to you to decide.To hear all Deadly Misadventures episodes, ad-free, exclusively on Wondery Plus just go to wondery.fm/deadly and subscribe today!
July 22-23, 2015. Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015 at 11:30 pm a call came in to 911. The caller was twelve year old David Bever who reported that his brother was killing his family. This disturbing call from a nice suburb prompted an immediate response to the Bever home. Police found the home locked and blood was on the porch. By the next morning, five family members were confirmed dead, one was badly wounded, and another was found unharmed. The two older sons were located and arrested. What happened to this family and why? Join us as we discuss a case that involves isolation, obsession, and blood lust.
Murder Of Andrea Eilber - 357

Murder Of Andrea Eilber - 357

2020-01-0601:04:2028

November 14th, 2011. Lapeer County, Michigan. A young woman and her boyfriend, along with a friend of his, had been staying over at her Aunt's place over several days. Andrea had been house sitting while her relatives were away. On November 14th, she texted KC, her boyfriend, to have him meet her at the house. According to him, he arrived but the house was dark and he didn't see Andrea. Upset, he spent most of the evening with a friend from work. Friends and family became concerned for Andrea after she had gone missing since the 14th. Two days later her car was located. Then, a visit to her aunt's home resulted in Andrea being found. She was found dead in the laundry room as a result of a gunshot. Who had executed her? Police zeroed in on KC, but as the evidence in the case was collected and analyzed it seemed to point to someone else. Join us as we discuss the crime, possible motives and suspects in a case where timelines and evidence seem to lead to different theories of the crime.Sponsored by://Sun Basket. Want healthy meals delivered? Are you interested in Paeleo, Gluten-Free orVegetarian diets? Generation Why listeners can get $35 off their order now by visiting sunbasket.com/genwhy and entering promo code genwhy at checkout.///ThirdLove. ThirdLove knows there's a perfect bra for everyone so they are offering Generation Why listeners 15% off their first order. Go to ThirdLove.com/genwhy now to find your perfect fitting bra and get 15% off your first order. /
This is Part Two of our Oklahoma City Bombing coverage. In this episode we talk about McVeigh's life, the trials, and give our thoughts on this devastating act of domestic terrorism. Happy Holidays, everyone. We'll be back in January of 2020.
April 19, 1995. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. A Ryder truck was parked outside of the Alfred P. Murrah building in Oklahoma City before 9am on that Wednesday morning. Inside the truck was a homemade bomb that, after detonation, destroyed the building and ended the lives of 168 people, including nineteen children. More than 600 people were injured. What motivated the bombers to target this federal building? Join us as we discuss the OKC bombing and Timothy McVeigh, a former Gulf War soldier whose life once looked promising but who later opted to start a war against his own government.
The Unabomber - 354

The Unabomber - 354

2019-12-1601:16:5219

1978-1995. USA. From 1978 through 1995, 16 bombs were either mailed or placed to terrorize the public. A government task force was formed and named UNABOM (University and Airline Bombing) after which the originally named Junkyard Bomber became known as The Unabomber. The bombs themselves were seemingly fashioned from stuff the individual had on hand. This mysterious figure behind the bombings also seemed to have a strong desire to speak to the public and in 1995 he revealed that if his essay was published that he would cease his terrorist activities. But was giving in to the demands of a terrorist the wrong course of action? Or was there good reasons to let him have his say? Join us as we discuss the case that changed not only how we operate our mail system, but also woke many people up to the fact that not all terrorists are from outside the nation.Sponsored by:Native. All natural, never tested on animals, aluminum-free deodorant that comes in a variety of enticing scents and actuallyworks. Eucalyptus & Mint is my personal favorite. For 20% off your first purchase, go to: nativedeodorant.com and use promo code GENWHY during checkout. We love it and believe you will, too.
The Tylenol Murders - 353

The Tylenol Murders - 353

2019-12-0901:01:5526

September, October 1982. Chicago Metropolitan Area, Illinois. A series of sudden deaths in the Chicago metropolitan area in 1982 resulted in an investigation that traced the deaths to tainted Tylenol capsules. At that time there was no tamper proof packaging on pain medication bottles which made it difficult to figure out where the capsules had been laced. Who would have done such a thing and why did they do it? Join us as we try to sort through this mysterious case that had a profound effect on the trust we put into the pills that we buy.Quip.The Holiday season is here. Give the gift of dental care that those you care about will actually want to use every day. Go to GetQuip.com/genwhy and get your first refill free with a refill plan. Quip, the good habits company.//ThirdLoveThirdLove knows there's a perfect bra for everyone. With more sizes than most brands, comfortable and light fabrics, and a Fit Finder Quiz to assist you in your purchase, you'll have fun placing an order. Go to ThirdLove.com/genwhy and get 15% off your first order now.//ZiprecruiterZipRecruiter. The smartest way to hire.See why ZipRecruiter is effective for businesses of all sizes. Try ZipRecruiter FOR FREE. Go to ZipRecruiter.com/genwhy to get started.
North Hollywood Shootout - 352

North Hollywood Shootout - 352

2019-11-2501:10:5225

February 27, 1997. North Hollywood, Los Angeles County, California. A beautiful Friday morning in Los Angeles, California was shattered as civilians and law enforcement came under attack by two vicious bank robbers that seemed to have a death wish. This case stunned the nation and paved the way for the militarization of our nation's top police forces.Sponsored by:Simplisafe is the best value in security. Right now you can get all the savings from their Black Friday sale. Just visit Simplisafe.com/GENWHY. This offer ends December 2nd, 2019.Audible. Give yourself the gift of an Audible membership. For a limited time, you can get 3 months of Audible for just $6.95 USD a month. That's more than half off the regular price. Choose 1 audiobook and 2 audio originals absolutely free. Visit Audible.com/gwp or text gwp to 500-500.
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Harley

You expect these criminals to have complex motivations and backgrounds when in reality the majority of them are just basic misogynists with fragile egos and a huge sense of entitlement towards women.

Apr 6th
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BC

How in God's name did they convict an 11 year old of murder with virtually no evidence?

Apr 1st
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Vincent Ruiz

Did he get the money from the insurance company and the half sister?

Apr 1st
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Monnie Moores

I would really like to know how Jamies relationship was with her parents before all this......something about this incident just doesnt sit right.......

Mar 28th
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Josh Gagnon

broken arrow high end? lol who's feeding u these lies. cops are corrupt. alot actually deal drugs. idk how many meth labs have blown up out there. alot of drugs and run down homes haha

Mar 24th
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Adam White

Cops and prosecutors, man. Every rule in the book written to favor them and they still have to play dirty.

Mar 24th
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Andi

Absolute mic drop moment. They finish the story as usual. And there's where an episode normally ends... But this time, there's more. Plot twist. Outstanding work. This is why I love Generation Why. This really is going to be one of the top episodes. Huge thanks to everyone involved in this one.

Mar 17th
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Tru Crime

Funny how they go out of the way to praise the gay community while not acknowledging the massive amount of gay men preying on young boys.

Mar 17th
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ejw o331

Freaking cops!

Mar 16th
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Harley

He definitely seems to have done it. I think people are super biased and charmed by him, a popular athlete, and just blame Jay because as a poorer less popular student it's easier. Adnen had been shown to be possessive towards Hae then he'd flip the switch and be so loving and romantic again, like many abusers.

Mar 14th
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Ken Fulcher

2:09

Mar 14th
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Seminole Turtle

dang

Mar 12th
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Jacque Fyffe

this poor kid was listening to hard core "death metal" it doesnt really have an upbeat look about living happily. I think he was an introveet amd a vet semsotive and deep feeling young adolecent young man. I believe he lost all hope and had given up. he didnt know how things can improve as he matured. I.truly and honestly feel that he probably went to London with the purpose of ending his life. Im quite certain that he most likely jumped off a bridge and has long since been almost totally consumed by aquatic wildlife as well as decomposition. This young man has more than likely caused his own demise due to depression and feeling hopeless. If only he knew that he had the possibility of living a long happy life. c He was said to never get angry. i believe that is due to apathy and sadness, and not believing there would be anyone who cared about any of his feelings no matter what those feelings were. This is such a tragic and heartbreaking story. I hope his family will accept the fact that Andrew is gone forever, and they will start to make peace with it.

Mar 9th
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Steve Fogle

I live in Missouri. An Springfield has always had a lot of crimes and criminals. But i will say you guys have done a good job on this case. I hope you guys have done one on Angela Hammond and the I-70 serial killer.

Mar 6th
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Matt J

Pretty good podcast, so far my only complaint was around the 36 minute mark, the narrator blew the knowledge that an indictment came down, by saying Robin helped to pay for his defense. Before that sentence we didn't know he was arrested. Then he had to back track and fill us in on which particular charges where handed out and the time line for the arrest.. I will continue to listen tho Just saying

Mar 6th
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Jaded Love

this episode shocked me! didn't know it was gonna turn out like this all things come to the light in time 😎

Mar 5th
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Alexandra Tieng

1:49

Mar 3rd
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lizzyb

Robin was my best friend all throughout middle school. Strange to open this up and see this story.

Mar 2nd
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Alexandra Tieng

3:47

Mar 2nd
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Alison Wonderland

3.40

Mar 2nd
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