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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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Murder Of Trey Zwicker - 346

Murder Of Trey Zwicker - 346

2019-10-1400:52:5718

May 11, 2011. Louisville, Kentucky. After a teen's body was discovered in a creek bed, his family wanted answers. The 14 year old, named Trey Zwicker, had been beaten to death and authorities quickly identified their suspect in his murder; Josh Young. Young's father, Josh Gouker, had been in a relationship with Trey's mother, Amanda McFarland. But by the time Young was taken to court, an unexpected twist occurred which flipped the case on its head. Join us as we discuss a chilling murder and the conflicting testimony, and confessions, surrounding the case.
Launching on 10/1, The Mysterious Mr. Epstein explores the corrupt systems and power structures that enabled Jeffery Epstein to abuse and manipulate young women for years, as well as escape any semblance of real justice from the judicial system. The series will also explore how an ordinary young man was able to rise through the ranks of society and form relationships with several of the most powerful men in the world. The tangled web that Epstein weaved during his lifetime will be unraveled in this podcast.
The Farmville Murders - 345

The Farmville Murders - 345

2019-09-3000:45:3424

September 18th, 2009. Farmville, Virginia. Kathleen Wells hadn’t heard from her daughter, Melanie, for a few days and was worried. Melanie was staying in Virginia with her friend Emma Neiderbrock. Whenever Kathleen called Emma’s home, Richard McCroskey, Emma’s boyfriend, answered the phone and told various stories about where Melanie was. Kathleen called in a welfare check on the home on September 18. Inside the home, police found the bodies of four people. Questions arose. Was this a story of a jilted lover? Or was an intense interest in death and horror behind these murders?
Matias Reyes - 344

Matias Reyes - 344

2019-09-2300:55:0112

New York City, New York. September 1988-August 1989. In 2002, Matias Reyes admitted to being the sole person to rape and beat the Central Park Jogger, Trisha Meili. In 1989, however, he was identified as the East Side Slasher. We discuss his crimes and the impact that his confession had on the Central Park Five.
Sierah Joughin - 343

Sierah Joughin - 343

2019-09-1600:46:5222

July 19, 2016. Fulton County, Ohio. Sierah Joughin, a 20 year old college student, and her boyfriend, Josh Kolasinski, parted ways at around 6:45pm after spending some time together. She isn't seen alive again. Law enforcement and Sierah's friends and family acted quickly to locate her but three days later the case takes a huge turn when a suspect is arrested and just hours later Sierah's body is located in a shallow grave. While a case was built against the man police believe was responsible, he maintained that he was being framed for a crime he said he did not commit.https://justiceforsierah.org/
Death Of Sandy Maloney - 342

Death Of Sandy Maloney - 342

2019-09-0901:10:2126

February 10, 1998. Green Bay, Wisconsin. In the early 1990s, Sandy Maloney was diagnosed with Arnold-Chiari Malformation and soon became addicted to prescription drugs. In 1997, her husband, John asked for a divorce, seeking full custody of their three sons. On the morning of the final divorce hearing, February 11, 1998, Sandy was found dead and burned on her scorched couch. At first, investigators thought the fire was an accident but soon changed their minds to arson and murder. John Maloney would later be arrested. But did he kill Sandy? He was a police officer and was taking over arson investigations for his precinct. Perhaps he knew how to use fire to cover his tracks. But others say that the evidence suggests another cause for Sandy's death...
Joe Exotic is a man who loves his animals and the zoo he created for them. But Joe has a nemesis in the animal world named Carole. And as much as they both love to save animals, Joe and Carole are hell-bent on destroying each other.Listen to season 2 of Over My Dead Body: Joe Exotic at wondery.fm/joeexotic
D.C. Mansion Murders - 341

D.C. Mansion Murders - 341

2019-09-0200:59:3626

May 14, 2015. Washington, DC. In the afternoon of May 14th, 2015, the mansion of Savvas and Amy Savopoulos was the scene of a fire. After firefighters finished battling the blaze, four people were found dead inside. They were Savvas, Amy, their son Philip, and their housekeeper, Vera Figueroa. Evidence found in the home told investigators that those who died were held against their will and tortured for hours before being murdered. But who would want to harm the Savopoulos family? As the answers came in, police realized that things may not have gone as first theorized.We have used Ziprecruiter and love it. It's the smartest way to hire. Try ZipRecruiter for free at this exclusive web address: ZipRecruiter.com/genwhy
Barry & Honey Sherman - 340

Barry & Honey Sherman - 340

2019-08-2601:06:4815

December 15, 2017. Toronto, Canada. Barry & Honey Sherman were wealthy philanthropists who were well-respected members of their community. But after they were found dead in their home, their business and personal lives were analyzed for clues to their murderer(s). Most clues seemed to point to Barry being the target. He had acquired and sold a family business which some believe cheated multiple family members out of their rightful shares of the company and his long running litigation with other pharmaceutical companies had some people wondering if bad blood could have turned to murder. Join us as we discuss an ongoing case that has plenty of clues but little evidence.
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.
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Samantha Puryear

Really good documentary about this case is called Into the Abyss

Oct 14th
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Alexandra Tieng

4:04

Oct 9th
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Mike

I want to know more about this suppressor was it a legit one or a redneck suppressor?

Oct 9th
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Tori Bailey

I'm usually pretty cynical when it comes to the military, but I'm glad they stepped in and did the right thing in this case.

Oct 8th
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kenziington

why did I think this was about the game farmville?

Oct 8th
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Kelly Kirk

This is so great. I loved Thinking Sideways. They got me into podcasts and crime podcasts. I miss them a ton. Thank you for the wonderful shout out.

Oct 6th
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Lacy

I'm very early in this episode, but people... if you ever argue that animal abuse measures up there with domestic violence, child abuse, or murder - you've got a fucking screw loose

Oct 3rd
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kxb

I like the topics but this podcast is so dry... they talk so slow and pause often. this is not something that could keep me entertained for 15 minutes let alone almost an hour.

Sep 25th
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Traci Price

Thank you for covering this case. I grew up in the area during this time & knew many of Carrie's family members. It's always been heartbreaking.

Sep 23rd
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Chante Harris

omfg....this is unbelievable!!! I am ashamed to be from MI 😭😭 I hope these ppl all get out eventually!

Sep 21st
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Dana Jarrett

this episode has been brought to you by the National Chiropractic Association

Sep 21st
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Alissa Maxwell

This case makes me seethe with anger. Name one sheriff's department that isn't inept and corrupt.

Sep 20th
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Jayar Ship

This is such a strange case in many aspects i.e. How could one person pull this off without knowing a detailed schedule and inner workings of the family, why was there money and guns still left in the safe, and how could one person pull this off and if it was one person why would you keep the hostages in 2 seperate rooms. Let me say, I do believe Daron Wint was there and involved I'm just not sold that he was the only one.

Sep 19th
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Meg

#teamCody

Sep 18th
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Melinda Lee Wood

3:49

Sep 16th
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James Anthony Schultz

What is up with this husband kills wife topic over and over and over again? Honestly it's a little creepy how often they fall back on that. If I was one of their wives I'd be worried. Seriously tho this is getting old.

Sep 13th
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Dylan Mueller

"I have to return some video tapes." Love the American Psycho reference.

Sep 13th
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NoaGins

I had to stop listening towards the end because I got so riled up and pissed off. The prosecutor (Hayes) is currently a sitting judge BTW. And as far as I can tell Debbie Parmentier never faced charges for all the damage she caused. Disgusting.

Sep 11th
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Tabitha Alain Michaud

chiari malformation is a congenital disorder where the brainstem begins to hernia down into the spinal cord into the cervical spine - this woman shouldve never seen a chiropractor with this type of congenital anomaly, any additional compressional/torsional pressure wouldve undoubtedly caused more pain and risk of spinal cord and brain stem damage

Sep 9th
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Harley Iscariot

he said psoriasis of the liver twice lmao

Sep 9th
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