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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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North Hollywood Shootout - 352

North Hollywood Shootout - 352

2019-11-2501:11:2713

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.
Kimberly Hricko - 351

Kimberly Hricko - 351

2019-11-1800:44:3515

February 14th, 1998. Talbot County, Maryland. A married couple goes on a romantic getaway to help save their marriage. Sometime after taking part in a murder mystery play, one of them is found dead in the room which had been the scene of a fire. Was this person murdered? Or was this simply a terrible accident due to an untended lit cigar? Kimberly Hricko, Steven's wife, claimed to have an alibi.Sponsored by Quip.Need better dental habits? Get a fresh brush head, floss, and toothpaste refills every 3 months to get in a good habit and maintain a healthy mouth. Go to GetQuip.com/generation and get your first refill free. Quip, the good habits company.
Bison Dele - 350

Bison Dele - 350

2019-11-1100:47:0619

July 2002. Tahiti, French Polynesia. On July 6, 2002, Bison Dele, Serena Karlan, Miles Dabord, and Bertrand Saldo left the island of Tahiti bound for Raiatea and eventually Hawaii. They were on a catamaran named the Hakuna Matata owned by Bison. He had ended a lucrative NBA career in 1999 and set out to travel the world. He was joined in early 2002 by his girlfriend, Serena, and his brother, Miles. Bertrand was the captain of the boat. However, no one heard from the boat after July 8 and none of the passengers arrived in Raiatea. Where was the Hakuna Matata? An unexpected business transaction would hold the key to this mystery.Want the best superfoods and plant protein mixes? We love YourSuper.com and don't hesitate to recommend it to others. Visit YourSuper.com and use code GENWHY at checkout for 15% off your order today.Third Love knows there is a perfect fitting bra for everyone, so they're offering a 15% discount for our listeners on your first order. Visit thirdlove.com/genwhy today to take advantage of this offer.
Joann Katrinak - 349

Joann Katrinak - 349

2019-11-0401:07:2624

December 15th, 1994. Catasauqua, Pennsylvania. Joann Katrinak, and her baby, had planned to go Christmas shopping with her mother-in-law but she never arrived to pick her up despite calling to say that she was on her way there. Her husband, Andrew, was surprised to not find his wife and child at home after arriving there after work. Joann's car was found abandoned outside of a local bar and evidence found within the vehicle suggested foul play. Months later, the remains of Joann and Alex were found on a remote farmland. Two suspects were eyed by the authorities; Andrew Katrinak and his ex-girlfriend, Patricia Rorrer. One of them surely killed the young woman and the child. As evidence was collected and the investigation ramped up, one of the suspects stood out to detectives. But were they on the right path?
Jennifer Pan - 348

Jennifer Pan - 348

2019-10-2800:50:0518

November 08, 2010. Markham, Ontario. A woman calls 9-1-1 to report that intruders have been in her home, that she heard "shots like pop" and that her dad has run screaming from the house. Apparently, Jennifer had been tied to a railing. In the end, Jennifer Pan's mother was dead and her father was in a coma at the hospital. Detectives worked to piece together what happened and early on had located footage of several men approaching, entering, and leaving the Pan residence. While the evidence seemed to indicate that a home invasion had occured just as Jennifer had stated, some things didn't add up. What did happen that night at the Pan house? The answers would be verified by an unlikely source.Sponsors:Ziprecruiter: Try Ziprecruiter for free at ziprecruiter.com/genwhy and find out why 4 of 5 employers find qualified candidates the first day. SimpliSafe: Visit simplisafe.com/genwhy to get free shipping and a 60-day risk free trial when you purchase a new home security system. You have nothing to lose. And Justin and Aaron have personal experience with SimpliSafe. Easy to setup and easy to use. No contracts. No hidden fees.
Lori Hacking - 347

Lori Hacking - 347

2019-10-2101:05:3328

July 19, 2004. Salt Lake City, UT. When Lori Hacking didn't return from a morning run, her husband Mark called police. The response by the authorities and the public was swift. So many wanted to find Lori and bring her home. But determined investigators started to assemble pieces of information that added up to foul play. Lori, sadly, would not be returning home and everyone who knew her was about to be in for the shock of their lives once the truth of her disappearance and murder came out.
Murder Of Trey Zwicker - 346

Murder Of Trey Zwicker - 346

2019-10-1400:52:5726

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.
The Farmville Murders - 345

The Farmville Murders - 345

2019-09-3000:45:3431

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

2019-09-2300:55:0114

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

2019-09-1600:46:5227

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

2019-09-0901:10:2129

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...
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

2019-08-2601:06:4817

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.
Dr Richard Iles - 338

Dr Richard Iles - 338

2019-08-1200:54:3328

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

2019-08-0500:48:3626

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

2019-07-2100:58:2728

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

2019-07-0101:06:4640

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?
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Comments (493)

Katie Cary

Episode 335... he supposedly started cpr before he noticed the knife? That is weird , but if that is true than why would he then prop her back up to sitting position?

Dec 6th
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Russell Lee

that's what happens when you name a Boy "judith", or Sue

Nov 26th
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Mike

kav-a-lar 😂

Nov 25th
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Alison Wonderland

1.16

Nov 24th
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Christopher Band

They misspelled the murderer's name. lol

Nov 18th
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Russell Lee

omg, terrible interviewer

Nov 16th
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Russell Lee

I spent 2 mins breaking apart this episode. all true yes. your facts are all mixed up. not a big deal. just get things straight

Nov 16th
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Jaded Love

the commentary at the end was spot on guys! 👍

Nov 15th
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Zoë E MacGechan

There’s some really gross victim blaming in this episode. Really not sure I can continue to support that level of ignorance. Apparently one of the hosts would murder for the right amount of money or at least thinks it’s OK that other people do!

Nov 9th
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Royal Ottmar

the Lori Ruff story is so slow that it is maddening: it is like the moderators had a meeting and decided how to drag out a 45min story to an hour!. I want to know what happens so will stick this one out.

Nov 8th
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Russell Lee

fkin dunces

Nov 7th
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Russell Lee

most brutal? bullshit,the guy needs a history lesson

Nov 5th
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Chris Estep

I swear to God that I'm not a bad person. although I understand this is what a bad person would say. but listening to this guy talk and saying "um" every 4 and 1/2 seconds made me want to kill myself. I love all your podcast but if I ever hear that guy again I'm going to Jan. ice picks and both of my

Nov 5th
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Adam White

How do I know Patricia Rorrer did it? Her last name has too many r's. And "r" is one of the most menacing sounds. That's why they call it "murder" and not "mukduk."

Nov 4th
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Donna Janine Cross

3:29

Nov 4th
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Mac

i grew up not to fat from this area and heard about all my life and finally someone got convicted. “On January 18, 2018, John Dylan Adams pled guilty to charges of facilitation of first-degree murder and especially aggravated kidnapping. He was sentenced to 15 years for facilitation of first-degree murder and 35 years for especially aggravated kidnapping.”

Oct 31st
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Jessica Ressler

Should wash your sheets before using them, dude 😬

Oct 29th
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Jessica Ressler

"For better or worse" goes out the window when the children are being affected by your spouse's addiction. Children come first, ALWAYS. Don't give me that 'for better or worse' shit 🙄

Oct 29th
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Donna Janine Cross

3:00

Oct 28th
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Jami Spurling

Listen to the 22 Hours podcast if you want more detail. Its much more in depth.

Oct 23rd
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