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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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January 2, 2018. Lake Forest, California. Blaze Bernstein left his parents’ home to meet up with a guy he had known from his high school days. The following day, his parents reported him missing when he failed to return home. Samuel Woodward, the man that Blaze had met with, claimed that Blaze had walked away into Borrego Park after an argument and he hadn’t seen him since. However, a week after he disappeared, Blaze’s body was found partially buried in the park. He had been murdered. Quickly, the police zeroed in on Samuel as their prime suspect. As new information arose, the police realized that the murder wasn’t a random event; Blaze had been murdered because he was gay and Jewish.
Dr Richard Iles - 338

Dr Richard Iles - 338

2019-08-1200:54:3317

January 15, 1999. Williamsport, Pennsylvania. Miriam Iles, estranged wife of a prominent heart surgeon, had been on the phone talking with her two sisters-in-law when the call abruptly went silent. They thought that a storm that was passing through must have interrupted the phone line. But after Miriam didn't show up the following day for the Sunday school class that she taught, a few people went to her home to check on her. What they saw through a window horrified them and the police were called. Law enforcement officers broke through the door and found the 47 year old woman dead of a gunshot. Detectives immediately focused their attention on her husband but he maintained his innocence, had an alibi, and none of the evidence collected matched him. Did Miriam's husband kill her as Police suspected? Join us as we discuss an elaborate plot of murder and learn how a well-regarded woman became the target of one person's rage.ZipRecruiter. Hiring is challenging. But there’s one place you can go where hiring is simple, fast and smart. A place where growing businesses connect to qualified candidates.Try ZipRecruiter FOR FREE at this exclusive web address: ZipRecruiter.com/genwhySimplisafe. Want solid security with no contracts, hidden fees, or fine print? SimpliSafe has a huge deal going on right now. Go to SimpliSafe.com/GENWHY and get free shipping and a money-back guarantee. Justin has been using Simplisafe for quite some time and loves it.
Mason Jenkins - 337

Mason Jenkins - 337

2019-08-0500:48:3621

January 6, 1998. Chatham, Ontario. The Jenkins family, Brian, Leslie, Mason, and Jennifer, seemed to be a happy one. But whatever serenity they had was shattered after the parents arrived home one evening to find their daughter's body in the basement. Their son Mason wasn't in the house and they feared that he was in serious trouble as well. The authorities, though, tracked their son down. When they caught up to him he was riding a horse and did not want to go to the police station. Jennifer had been shot five times. Police believed that Mason killed her. His parents could not understand that and stood by their son. As time went on, Mason's account began to change again and again. Did he kill his sister? And if he did, would his parents continue to support him?
May 12, 1985. Fayetteville, North Carolina. A military family preparing to move from the USA to England made the difficult decision to sell the family dog. A man answers the ad and purchases Dixie. Just days later, a horrific discovery is made; Kathryn, Kara, and Erin Eastburn were found murdered in their home. Only 22 month Jana remained alive, though on the brink of death. Detectives moved quickly to track down the vicious killer. It wasn't long before they had a suspect. Not Gary Eastburn, the father and husband, but Timothy Hennis, another military man who had bought Dixie. Prosecuting Hennis would prove difficult as the evidence used against him either didn't match or was called into question. Was Hennis the murderer? Or did the authorities have the wrong guy?Sponsored by: SimplisafeSimplisafe.com/genwhyFree Shipping and a 60 day risk-free trial. Justin uses it in his home and loves its simplicity and reliability.
Death of Ellen Greenberg - 335

Death of Ellen Greenberg - 335

2019-07-2100:58:2725

January 26, 2011. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Ellen Greenberg was a 27 year old teacher who was engaged to 28 year old Sam Goldberg. He was a producer for a local news affiliate. But after a half an hour or so at the gym, Sam returned to the couple's apartment to find the swing bolt latched. He couldn't get in. After nearly thirty minutes of texting Ellen with no replies, he sought help from a security officer who declined to assist Sam in breaking through the door. When Sam did break through, he found Ellen in the kitchen and unresponsive. He called 911. It was discovered that Ellen had been stabbed to death, but who could have stabbed a woman when her apartment was locked from the inside? Police immediately suspected a suicide, but the first autopsy report and independent analysis suspected foul play. Is this a case reminiscent of a John Dickson Carr novel? Or is there evidence available to solve this mystery?
June 18, 2013. Los Angeles, California. Journalist and author Michael Hastings was killed when his Mercedes, traveling at high speed, crashed into a palm tree and burst into flames. Hastings was said to have been working on a big story and there were rumors that the FBI was investigating him. Was he researching something that the federal government of the United States felt threatened by? Join Justin and special guest The Captain from True Crime Garage on this special crossover episode as they lay out the story, the conspiracies, and their opinions on the death of Michael Hastings. Aaron and Nic (True Crime Garage) also did a crossover episode that you can find by searching for True Crime Garage in your podcast app. The episode is Debra Sundstrom #315 and is a true crime case that is sure to create some discussion.
Murder Of Ruth Pyne - 333

Murder Of Ruth Pyne - 333

2019-07-0101:06:4636

May 27, 2011. Highland Township, Michigan. Bernie Pyne and his 10 year old daughter, Julia, returned home to discover Ruth Pyne murdered. The wife and mother, 51, was beaten and stabbed to death. Detectives first looked at Bernie but after the investigation was well under way, a new suspect emerged; 21 year old Jeffrey Pyne. By his own admission, he had been home right around the time that the crime likely occurred. But did Jeffrey really kill his mother? What would his motive have been? Police had been called to the family home in the past after Ruth had attacked her son. She had not been taking her prescription regularly to manage her bipolar disorder. Could things have escalated between the two of them once again? Or was someone else responsible for killing Ruth?
Emmett Till - 332

Emmett Till - 332

2019-06-2401:00:1119

August 28, 1955. Money, Mississippi. 14 year old Emmett Till traveled from Illinois to Mississippi to visit relatives. Just a couple of days later he went to a grocery store with friends and relatives to buy some gum. One of the owners, Carolyn Bryant, was working that day and ended up running out after Till allegedly flirted with her and made her uncomfortable. Roy Bryant, her husband, found out about the situation and he, along with his half-brother, went to the home where Till was staying and kidnapped him. Three days later, Till's body was found in the Tallahatchie River. He was identified by the signet ring bearing his father's initials. A proper identification could not be made due to the horrific abuse he had been subjected to prior to his death as well as being left in the water for three days. Emmett Till was murdered because he was black. Join us as we discuss racism, inequality, and injustice in 1955.
Marsha Brantley - 331

Marsha Brantley - 331

2019-06-1600:52:5428

May 2009. Cleveland, Tennessee. In late 2009, Kelly DeLude, a hairdresser, noticed that it had been a while since Marsha Brantley, one of her regular clients, had come in. Donnie, Marsha’s husband, said she had left him and he hadn’t seen her since May or June 2009. It seemed that Marsha had simply vanished. However, as time went on, investigators noticed that Donnie kept changing his story. With few clues, no apparent motive for foul play, and a non-cooperative husband the case became very frustrating very quickly. Where is Marsha Brantley? And did her husband have anything to do with her disappearance?
Confronting: O.J. Simpson

Confronting: O.J. Simpson

2019-06-1301:13:5610

Introducing: Confronting O.J. Simpson. June 12th marks twenty-five years since the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman. O.J. Simpson's arrest for the murders catapulted the United States into the "Trial of the Century". Now, Kim Goldman, sister of Ron Goldman, is going back to the vicious crime that changed her life forever. Finally, Kim gets answers to the questions that have been haunting her since the trial. She sits down with prosecutors, investigators, witnesses who never got to speak, and jurors who voted not guilty. Confronting: O.J. Simpson premieres June 12th.
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Comments (301)

Chante Harris

I could put the blame on the detectives....how come the detectives did not check Pam's stories on giving money to the murphys or the policy on her mother....

Aug 25th
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Christopher Jones

long time listener unsubscriber here. this show used to be fantastic and truly interesting. its devolved into about 20% advertisements, 30% political posturing, and 50% true crime [usually through the lens of failures of the US Justice Systems] good luck to Justin and Aaron, but this show has gotten too far away from everything I loved about it 4 or 5 years ago.

Aug 24th
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Tru Crime

There's no way to defend this nazi psycho for murder but come on guys, your podcast is getting to be a sound board for leftist ideas. Relating the right to nazis is alienating half of your audience. I love the podcast but if i want to hear about politics I'll tune into CNN or MSNBC.

Aug 22nd
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Drew Brid

Tru Crime Yes, I agree!

Aug 22nd
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Tracy Martin

try j

Aug 20th
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Ken Fulcher

3:51

Aug 19th
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Candy cane

Ken Fulcher cheers

Aug 19th
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Jaymes

telling people there's a "twist" in a movie, is as much of a spoiler as anything, twists are supposed to come as a surprise, so telling people theres a twist ruins that. so yeah, thanks for that...oh, and right after ruining the movie you go straight to an ad break?...lovely

Aug 19th
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fizzy larley

Jaymes wow , has someone pissed on your chips ? podcast is up to the usual, "gen why ,"high standard. very interesting case.

Aug 19th
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Molly Sechrist

yes you took the words out of my mouth! i used to love this show . itas what got me started in true crime. love u huys but sorry, i tend to just listen to minds of madness and sword and scale

Aug 19th
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Joanna Francis

Molly Sechrist 🤔🤔

Aug 19th
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Shadowsumbra

Fact of the matter is, Zimmerman broke no laws. Trayvon escalated things when he attacked, pinned, and beat Z to within an inch of his life. When the cops got there Z was covered in his own blood. Then the media spun the story that a white man killer a little boy out for snacks, showing pictures from years before. Weeks later the autopsy shower organ damage from the drug abuse Trayvon had which is part of why he was so aggressive and violent. Addicted to 'lean' or cough syrup mixed with Skittles and Arizona iced tea.

Aug 16th
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anna

you are over explaining things. it gets hard to listen

Aug 13th
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MachineGunKeri

lmao I cant stop laughing at the multiple ways to get to the tunnels, such as getting flushed down the toilet 😂 I am so shocked people believed this stuff, it's crazy. Wow wow wow my mind is blown. It's not funny these poor people had to endure this for years and years but I cant hold back laughter at some of the stuff these kids said and the adults just believed, wtf.

Aug 13th
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Cassandra Collins

MachineGunKeri 😂😂😂

Aug 13th
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Chante Harris

she is shot in the back of her head and she is face down.....how is this considered a suicide🤨

Aug 11th
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Esther  Lopez

Chante Harris I agree with you. why is this called suicide🙄

Aug 12th
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Patrick Charlebois

.k.9. .9mo9.998.8olmo98

Aug 10th
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Jayar Ship

the shell casing almost certainly was left on purpose otherwise the tarot card wouldn't 100% link to the sniper, which was the intent

Aug 10th
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kkatieem

Sounds like the plot of Fracture, starring Anthony Hopkins and Ryan Gosling. An incredible legal thriller, and worth a watch after this case.

Aug 5th
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Emmanuel

kkatieem I agree!

Aug 6th
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Chante Harris

if there is signs of a struggle then how can you go right to suicide??

Aug 3rd
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Jess M

I dont think i can listen to your podcasts. They are so slow and non engaging. You go back and forth on fact then correct yourself. I totally lost interest. Bummed as this was recommended.

Jul 30th
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Tom Grosvenor

I have my volume on full and still strugglin to hear them

Jul 30th
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Adam White

He lifted his story from a famous teen sci-fi book to cover the asses of his logging group because they were behind schedule and to make some money by selling his story. The end.

Jul 29th
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Renee Victor

Adam White 🙁☹️

Jul 30th
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R J

We need a detective like Columbo, that would keep pounding that Sam until he eventually makes a mistake or a confession. He might get into an abusive relationship with another woman. Maybe Ellen had called of their engagement he got mad. It's terrible when things get unsolved due to bumbled investigations and missing or spoiled evidence.

Jul 29th
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Brooke Pipia

it is if she was in psychosis from the mental illness she suffered from.

Jul 27th
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