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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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It was supposed to be a reality show with a twist. In a sun-drenched villa in Ibiza, six hot guys compete for a cash prize and for the love of the beautiful and mysterious Miriam. It’s meant to be her big break: the moment she becomes the superstar she was born to be. But this is the era of “cruel reality TV” and the show producers have a different goal: they want to surprise the men with the fact that Miriam is trans. A new six-episode investigative series from Wondery, the makers of The Shrink Next Door and The Apology Line, and from Novel, HARSH REALITY is the story about love, lies, reality TV and a woman before her time: Miriam Rivera. Written by Agnes Borinsky and hosted by Trace Lysette.Listen to Harsh Reality: The Story of Miriam Rivera at wondery.fm/HR_Gen_WhySee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Dennis Rader "BTK"  //Replay

Dennis Rader "BTK" //Replay

2021-11-2901:11:566

January 15th, 1974. Wichita, KS. A boy opens the back door to let the family dog out and a man makes his way into the house. He is armed with a gun. The family inside consists of a husband and wife as well as two of their five children. They have no idea that the man is there to kill them. Expecting only to be robbed they are compliant at first. His pattern would be to bind them, torture them, & kill them. These four were just the beginning. For 30 years BTK would elude the authorities. Then, in 2004, an arrest is made. His own family was shocked. In his confession, serial killer Dennis Rader detailed his crimes and revealed how he operated.For exclusive content from Generation Why and to support us: patreon.com/generationwhyListen ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App. https://wondery.app.link/generationwhySee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Jason Corbett - 447

Jason Corbett - 447

2021-11-2201:03:3015

Davidson County, North Carolina. August 2nd, 2015. Molly Martens and her father, Tom Martens, killed Jason Corbett, Molly’s Irish Husband, in what they claim was an act of self-defense. Tom, and his wife Sharon, had stayed over at Molly & Jason's house that night, awoke to shouting and a scuffle upstairs. He grabbed an aluminum little league baseball bat that he had purchased for his grandson, Jack, and made his way upstairs to the source of the noise; Molly and Jason’s bedroom. There he claims he found Jason Corbett strangling Molly. A scuffle ensued that left Jason Corbett dead and naked on the floor of his bedroom with a caved in skull. Was this self-defense? Or was there another reason for them to kill Jason?Get bonus content from Generation Why at: patreon.com/generationwhyListen ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App. https://wondery.app.link/generationwhy.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Michele Neurauter - 446

Michele Neurauter - 446

2021-11-1554:189

August 27, 2017. Corning, New York. On August 28, 2017, Sergeant John McDivitt of the Corning Police Department responded to a call concerning the welfare of 46-year-old Michele Neurauter. A family friend had stopped by to pick up Michele’s youngest daughter for swim practice and received no response. When he looked through the glass on the front door of the home, he noticed the silhouette of a woman who was motionless and unresponsive and called the police for assistance. Inside was the body of Michele Neurauter who appeared to have hanged herself. But did she? You will not believe where this case leads the detectives...Get bonus content from Generation Why at: patreon.com/generationwhyListen ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App. https://wondery.app.link/generationwhy.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Introducing: Operator

Introducing: Operator

2021-11-0805:464

During the 1-900 number craze of the Nineties, one company provided the vast majority of phone sex. American Telnet was an empire founded by the man who called himself “The Telephone Pimp.” He ran the company “like General Motors” and got filthy rich doing it. But for the (mostly) women who answered the calls and delivered fantasies 24-7, it was a different story. The powerful stigma against sex work was always lurking just beneath the surface, until it threatened to tear apart the whole company. Hosted by Tina Horn (Why Are People Into That?), OPERATOR is an eight-part series about big ambitions, Shakespearean-level corporate backstabbing, men and women at the cutting edge of a technological revolution...and on the front lines of a sexual one.Listen to Operator at http://wondery.fm/OP_Generation_WhySee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Rebekah Gay - 445

Rebekah Gay - 445

2021-11-0851:2811

October 31, 2012. Mt. Pleasant, Michigan. Halloween is supposed to be a time of spooky fun, not real nightmares. A nightmare is exactly what Rebekah Gay experienced in the early morning of Halloween in 2012. How could someone close to her brutally murder her, then dress her son in his Halloween costume? Join us as we discuss a case of a wolf in sheep's clothing that devastated a family.  Get bonus content from Generation Why at: patreon.com/generationwhyListen ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App. https://wondery.app.link/generationwhy.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
December 29th 1977. Shots ring out from a random drive by shooting in Sacramento killing a 51 year old man named Ambrose Griffin. Two weeks later a break-in happened not far from the shooting. Then on January 23, 1978, Teresa Wallin was brutally murdered inside of her home. The murder was reminiscent of a scene from 1888 when Jack the Ripper was mutilating his victims. The police scramble to find the killer but it'll take several more victims and a chance encounter with a witness at a grocery store before they get a lead. The murderer drank the blood of some of his victims which gave him the moniker of the Sacramento Vampire.  Get bonus content from Generation Why at: patreon.com/generationwhyListen ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App. https://wondery.app.link/generationwhy.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Rusty Sneiderman - 443

Rusty Sneiderman - 443

2021-10-2501:01:0310

November 18, 2010. Dunwoody, Georgia. Rusty Sneiderman was murdered in the parking lot of his son’s daycare center, gunned down by an unknown assailant. Six weeks later a surprising suspect was arrested. Many wondered how the two men could be connected. The murder trial would reveal the answers that the killer had tried to hide.Want extra content from Justin & Aaron?: patreon.com/generationwhyListen ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App. https://wondery.app.link/generationwhy.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
The Fager Murders - 442

The Fager Murders - 442

2021-10-1853:1515

December 31, 1987. Wichita, Kansas. Mary Fager walked into her house and found the body of her husband so she had a neighbor call 911. When police arrived they found the bodies of Mary's husband and two daughters. They had been brutally murdered, Phillip was shot and Sherri and Kelli had been drowned in the family’s hot tub. The contractor, Bill Butterworth, was missing as was the family's vehicle. Bill would be traced to another state and apprehended. He claimed to have no real memories of that day or any idea how he ended up in Florida. Join us as we discuss a bizarre case that shocked a community.Get extra episodes from us every month! Visit: patreon.com/generationwhyListen ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App. https://wondery.app.link/generationwhy.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Temujin Kensu - 441

Temujin Kensu - 441

2021-10-1101:10:4010

November 5th, 1986. Port Huron, Michigan. College student Scott Macklem was murdered in broad daylight in the parking lot of his school. His fiancee immediately directed the police to her ex-boyfriend, “John Lamar,” who was really Frederick Freeman. Without considering any other suspects, Freeman was arrested and convicted of murder. Frederick Freeman, now Temujin Kensu, swears he is innocent. The prosecution claimed Temujin was a deadly ninja assassin who chartered a private plane to get revenge on the man who stole his girlfriend. Was this true? Join us as we discuss this bizarre case that continues to be challenged to this day.Get bonus content from Generation Why at: patreon.com/generationwhyListen ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App. https://wondery.app.link/generationwhy.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Erin Caffey - 440

Erin Caffey - 440

2021-10-0457:2712

March 1, 2008. Emory, Texas. When Erin Caffey’s parents told her to end her relationship with her boyfriend, Charlie Wilkinson, she only had one solution – kill them. Were the Caffeys bad parents? Absolutely not according to everyone in their small town, so why did Erin want to take such a drastic measure to be with Charlie? Support Generation Why and great causes that we donate to: patreon.com/generationwhyListen ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App. https://wondery.app.link/generationwhy.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
BADLANDS is a true-crime anthology podcast from Jake Brennan, creator and host of the award-winning music and true crime podcast DISGRACELAND. BADLANDS Season 2: Sportsland is all about the shocking rise and fall of sports legends. Listen each week for wild stories about Mike Tyson, Oscar Pistorius, Aaron Hernandez, Evel Knievel, Tonya Harding, Pete Rose, Sonny Liston, Spider Sabich, Ty Cobb, and, of course, O.J. Simpson.This episode preview dives into legendary boxer Mike Tyson. His arrival as a prodigious 18-year-old professional boxer in the 1980s represented a major paradigm shift in the sport. But just as quickly as he rose, Mike Tyson began to fall. This is just a preview of Sportsland, but you can listen to the full episode at wondery.fm/SL_GenWhy.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
On August 5, 1982, Father Reynaldo Rivera, in Santa Fe, New Mexico, was murdered and his body was discovered three days later. Nearly two years after that, Father John Kerrigan, in Ronan, Montana, disappeared after leaving a bakery in downtown Ronan. Days later, his bloody clothes were found along a highway. Also found was a mangled and bloody coat hanger. Similarities between the two cases seemed obvious, but is there a connection? Nic from True Crime Garage joins Aaron to discuss these perplexing cases and possible motives. Nic and The Captain can be found in any podcast app by searching for True Crime Garage and on the web at TrueCrimeGarage.comSupport Generation Why and great causes that we donate to: patreon.com/generationwhyListen ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App. https://wondery.app.link/generationwhy.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Jonathan Amerault - 438

Jonathan Amerault - 438

2021-09-2057:5610

September 19, 2020. Keene, New Hampshire. 25 year old Jonathan Amerault is a no-show for his job at Teleflex on September 19th and two days later his mother reports him missing to the New Hampshire police. Britany Barron, his girlfriend and coworker, also missed work but had called in to say she was quitting. The authorities didn't believe this to be a coincidence and went to work conducting interviews and searching for Jonathan and Britany. What they would later discover was a diabolical plot by someone to ambush and brutally murder one of the two. Support Generation Why and great causes that we donate to: patreon.com/generationwhyListen ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App. https://wondery.app.link/generationwhy.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Karen Gregory - 437

Karen Gregory - 437

2021-09-1301:01:1212

May 23, 1984. Gulfport, Florida. Karen Gregory had just moved in with her boyfriend, David Mackey, days before he was to leave on a business trip to Rhode Island. While he was away, someone entered their home and raped and murdered Karen. Police detectives came up with three separate suspects during their investigation and did their best to go through the evidence and question them to find Karen's killer. Was it her friend? Her boyfriend? Or the neighbor? Join us as we discuss a case involving great police work and a killer in plain sight. Please show your support and get bonus content: patreon.com/generationwhyListen ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App. https://wondery.app.link/generationwhy.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Pulse Nightclub Shooting - 436

Pulse Nightclub Shooting - 436

2021-09-0601:06:0612

June 12, 2016. Orlando, Florida. A gunman walked into Pulse, a nightclub in Orlando, Florida, near closing time and began shooting. Forty-nine people lost their lives and many others were wounded. Join us as we discuss Pulse, the victims and survivors, as well as our opinions on what Omar Mateen's actual motivation could have been for the shooting itself.Get bonus episodes from Justin and Aaron: patreon.com/generationwhyListen ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App. https://wondery.app.link/generationwhy.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Peter Bergna - 435

Peter Bergna - 435

2021-08-3050:1111

June 1st, 1998. Slide Mountain, Nevada. Peter Bergna and his wife Rinette were involved in a deadly accident on Slide Mountain, near Reno, Nevada. The truck they were traveling in fell 800 feet down the mountain, killing Rinette upon impact. Miraculously, Peter survived, somehow managing to jump out the driver’s side window. Immediately crash site investigators noticed that the evidence didn’t match Peter’s story, leading to a criminal investigation and Peter’s conviction for first-degree murder. Did Peter intentionally crash to kill his wife when he grew unhappy with the marriage, or was it a tragic accident that led to a wrongful conviction?Want bonus episodes of Generation Why? Visit: patreon.com/generationwhyListen ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App. https://wondery.app.link/generationwhy.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
June 30, 2003. Dalkeith in Midlothian, Scotland. A 14 year old girl named Jodi Jones is murdered after she leaves her house to visit her boyfriend, Luke Mitchell. That, combined with his discovery of her body behind a stone wall, had detectives focusing on him as the suspect for the crime. But was Luke Mitchell Jodi's killer? Join us as we discuss a case reminiscent of the West Memphis 3 case.Exclusive Generation Why content is available. Visit: patreon.com/generationwhyListen ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App. https://wondery.app.link/generationwhy.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Brandon Embry - 433

Brandon Embry - 433

2021-08-1657:4315

September 12, 2019. Asheboro, North Carolina. On the afternoon of September 12, 2019, 33-year-old Brandon Embry was discovered naked and unresponsive in a pool of his own blood and water on the bedroom floor of his apartment in Asheboro, North Carolina. He died from his injuries less than 24 hours later. Although his entire apartment was smashed up and turned upside down, and despite multiple blunt and sharp force injuries and bruising to his body, his cause of death is listed as pneumonia.Want bonus episodes? Visit: patreon.com/generationwhyListen ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App. https://wondery.app.link/generationwhy.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Michelle Mockbee - 432

Michelle Mockbee - 432

2021-08-0958:0616

May 29th, 2012. Boone County, Kentucky. Michelle Mockbee was a wife, a mother, and a kind person loved by many. No one seemed to have had any motive to kill her, but her body was discovered at work one morning, bludgeoned to death by an unknown assailant. Detectives worked diligently to discover the truth of why Michelle Mockbee was murdered and an interesting clue was discovered. Join us as we discuss a difficult murder case that would see several suspects and yield only circumstantial evidence.Want more Generation Why episodes? patreon.com/generationwhyListen ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App. https://wondery.app.link/generationwhy.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
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Grunkle Hatter

this is a AD , Fuck off Woundery, shame on yo Geneation Why

Nov 29th
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ID12643429

Have you heard the Fox Lake story?

Nov 28th
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Madeleine Siletti

My one huge question that doesn't ever seem to come up in this case - what about Mollie's mum? She was down in the basement and knew there was an issue. I can't imagine she couldn't hear screams and thuds. Why didn't she call 911? this seems very premeditated.

Nov 28th
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Cyborg Cop

...differently...

Nov 22nd
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Christina Freeman

I'm from Davidson County. I knew someone who knew Jason well.It always hits different when it's close to home.

Nov 22nd
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Cyborg Cop

The best true crime podcast.

Nov 17th
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BC

I've never heard a pastor say anything inappropriate about church members. I've heard them roast people trying to sell them mlm products, but not anything weird or perverted.

Nov 15th
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Steve Dronzewski

Rochester is in western New York not the Northern center of Ny

Nov 15th
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INFJayo

2:49

Nov 14th
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Grunkle Hatter

please do not download this AD

Nov 10th
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True

No it’s not normal church talk . If someone did talk like that it would be an issue and especially if the pastor did . This guy is just sick and there are wolves in sheep clothing everywhere church is no exception .

Nov 9th
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GD2021

3rd shot?! wtf?! I thought people were joking about "neverending" shots and boosters....😂

Nov 8th
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trees only

...walking around like they are part of some Ninja clan...😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂

Nov 7th
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Grunkle Hatter

AD, Hard pass on the show if you need try this hard.

Oct 27th
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Jack Racing Turtle

Murderobilia pisses me off so much, buy stuff from victims that escaped or donate to funds for the victims and their families. Don't spend money on murderers bullshit, that's disgusting. And yes I realize this episode is 6.5 years old at this point, but damn .

Oct 24th
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Dee Rich

Hi guyys -- would love to see you cover Winchester House mystery!! Otherwise, love your body of work. Always enjoy your coverage and perspectives.

Oct 24th
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Michael Turek

The theory that there was no "Zodiac" killer seems to be the most plausible

Oct 20th
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Grunkle Hatter

using a stench and wrinkles/scars to identify a killer from decades ago... is just really BAD detective work

Oct 18th
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Grunkle Hatter

This is a AD very poorly put out of its proper place. What does this say? That Woundry is desperate for listeners and is bleed money in a way that could sink the company.

Oct 12th
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The Everyday Bombshell

Who else knew that she was going to meet Luke? The sister's boyfriend? The mom's boyfriend/stepfather to be? Wow, these detectives are really, really, really bad at their jobs if these two men were never really investigated. Has the mom ever said why, in the past, this young lady have to have an escort through the woods... but not this time? Did someone like, say mom's boyfriend or the sister's boyfriend say 'oh just let her go she's old enough to walk through the woods by herself'... we were never explained why that particular day she didn't have to have an couple that with the fact that those two men knew where she was. I just think the investigators asked all the wrong questions of this family. I think there it's a really good chance that her killer was a boyfriend, just not hers. 🤷‍♀️

Oct 6th
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