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Hunting Warhead

Author: CBC Podcasts

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How do you take down a criminal network that’s hidden in the shadows? How do you rescue child abuse victims who could be anywhere in the world? Hunting Warhead follows the journalists and police on a global mission to expose the darkest corners of the internet. What they discover shocks them. Host Daemon Fairless tracks down the investigators, survivors and criminals themselves. A co-production of CBC Podcasts and the Norwegian newspaper VG.
8 Episodes
In Someone Knows Something Season 6, Debra has been searching for her son, Donald Izzett Jr. for 25 years. The last time she spoke with him was Mother’s Day. He had called from a road trip, but sounded upset, saying he needed money. Then the phone went dead. Donnie’s friend told police that he dropped him off in New Orleans. But Debra thinks he was murdered. And decides to investigate the case herself. Here's an excerpt from the first episode. Full episodes are available at
Episode 6: Fallout

Episode 6: Fallout


At Faulkner’s final sentencing hearing, we finally discover the true extent of his activities on the dark web. We thought we knew everything he had been up to. We were wrong.
Episode 5: Becoming Warhead

Episode 5: Becoming Warhead


What led Benjamin Faulkner to become Warhead? And, more importantly, how do you prevent others like him from following the same path?
Jenn was home alone with her children when she received a call from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. They needed to talk to her as soon as possible. It was about her relative, Ben Faulkner.
After the arrest of Canadian Benjamin Faulkner, Taskforce Argos has to learn how to become Warhead on Child’s Play, before its users realize that the site has been compromised. But time is running out — and very difficult moral decisions will have to be made.
Episode 2: Rude Awakening

Episode 2: Rude Awakening


All Gordon wants for his birthday is to travel to Washington, D.C., to visit museums and see the opera. He’s completely unaware that his companion on this trip has very different plans. His friend has an alter ego, Warhead, and it turns out police are not far behind.
Einar Stangvik is a white-hat hacker — an internet security expert with an expertise in cracking the most secure and disturbing parts of the web. He discovers a troubling phenomenon online and joins forces with journalist Håkon Høydal. It leads them to Australia, to confront two men who are running the largest child abuse site on the dark net.
Trailer - Hunting Warhead

Trailer - Hunting Warhead


A new investigative series from CBC Podcasts and the Norwegian newspaper VG, Hunting Warhead follows an international team of police officers as they attempt to track down the people behind a massive child-abuse site on the dark web — and the morally complicated lengths authorities will go to to do so. Coming November 2019.
Comments (48)


wow. this guy is a pos! my heart goes out to Jen. great podcast.

Feb 13th

Karen Hauser

Great podcast, excellent journalism.

Feb 12th

Mike Brennan

good work: content is well organized and we'll presented. There are a couple of sections that repeated content verbatim, probably an editing error. Happens in most podcasts to a greater or lesser degree. Overall, useful, pretty dark, very important. thanks!

Feb 7th

Marit Njål

Episode 5 should have an extra strong trigger warning. One of the worst things I've heard ever (interview with Warhead). I got physical reactions, and I'm neither a victim,nor do I have children. Important podcast, but this episode should really be better marked.

Feb 7th

Shawn McLaren

the fact that the parents dont seem to care is bullshit. let someone do this to my little girls there would be hell to pay.

Feb 3rd

Samp 75

Brave mother. Lesson not to leave kids with anyone.

Jan 31st

Lori Beggs

disturbing on so many levels!

Jan 28th

Victoria Reynolds

Yeah, very good podcast but it keeps stopping and sitting on spin cycle which is distracting and unfortunately a turn off of for what is an important subject.

Jan 28th
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Mae Lee Arant

why did the police allow this 4 year old be raped repeatedly?!!! WHY? THERES A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN PICTURES AND ACTIONS. That 4 year old has to have therapy forever if she is going to have a chance to survive this Was that provided? DO MORE to find out the choice of allowing this child to be raped and what has been provided for her to cope!!!

Jan 26th
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Ian P. Davies

Are these episodes skipping for anyone else? Every episode is riddled with playback errors for me.

Jan 22nd

Alisa Wolking

Extremely well done, seven-part podcast that follows the discovery of two Norwegian hackers, as well as journalists and international police, as they track down a criminal responsible for four of the largest online child abuse websites on the net. Encouraging and empowering production that shines light on one of the darkest evils of our time, and the heroes working to bring justice for exploited children. Every. Parent. Should listen, no matter gender or age of your kid. Don’t miss it.

Jan 21st

Charlene Van Onselen

This is so interesting. So sad but so insightful. Thank you

Jan 19th

Angie Langie

This is the best podcast I've ever listened to, and during my 2 hour daily commute, I listen to a lot. Difficult, rage- inducing content, especially the interviews with the little puke who acts like a victim. I hope he gets what he truly deserves behind bars. As for me, I will be doing a whole lot of research on how to protect my kids from pond scum like this. The people who hunt down these vermin are nothing short of angels.

Jan 14th

Melissa Alonzo

this episode wont wok. it just keeps saying it's from a broken source. pretty bummed, it sounded like a good podcast.

Jan 10th
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Mike Leeman

After all of this, Faulkner isn't a pedophile - he's a sociopath. That sounds a bit like an excuse. That POS is exactly where he belongs. Personally, I think that the death penalty is more appropriate. Understanding how/why someone is a pedophile may be useful in predicting and preventing the behavior, but it should never excuse the behavior.

Dec 31st

Yasmine C

wow. hope there's going to be a sequel about the people in the Philippines.

Dec 28th

Erica F

Brilliant podcast! Well executed. I'm listening in Australia and have listened to the other podcast 'Silent Waves' that you are advertising on here. It's also brilliant. A must listen! Thank you for your tireless work and courage with this!

Dec 23rd

Jolene Kearse

Wow! Just wow.

Dec 22nd


Wow. That's so hard to hear...and there is millions of these people out there. shocking and scary. Needs to be more done to prevent this shit from happening to our children.

Dec 15th

Amanda Williams

amazing episode. such empowerment. thank you Jen <3

Nov 27th
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