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Paper Ghosts

English, Investigative journalism, 4 seasons, 59 episodes, 1 day, 1 hour, 15 minutes
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Deep in America’s heartland, on a scorching July 4th weekend in 1981, an alarm went out––the massive farmhouse of an Ohio family was engulfed in flames. All four residents were found dead. But was it the fire that killed them? In season 2 of PAPER GHOSTS, investigative journalist and bestselling true crime author M. William Phelps' search for answers takes a turn after the discovery of declassified documents and a cache of never-before-heard audio tapes help expose the dark truth behind what happened 40 years ago.
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Introducing: The Idaho Massacre Season 2

Hi, Paper Ghosts listeners! iHeartPodcasts has geared up for a riveting new season of The Idaho Massacre hosted by Courtney Armstrong, Stephanie Lydecker, and Jeff Shane! On November 13, 2022, four students from the University of Idaho were brutally stabbed to death in an off-campus house. After a lengthy investigation and cross-country manhunt, a Ph.D. student from a neighboring university is charged with the crimes. As it turns out, the 28-year-old was majoring in criminology, studying the behavior of killers like the ones he would later be accused of becoming. Did he use his skills to become a real-life Dexter? Tune in to this top-tier true crime story, but don't just take our word for it, check out the trailer to decide for yourself!   Show Description: On November 13, 2022, four students from the University of Idaho are brutally stabbed to death in an off-campus house. After a lengthy investigation and cross-country manhunt, a Ph.D. student from a neighboring university is charged with the crimes. As it turns out, the 28-year-old was majoring in criminology, studying the behavior of killers like the ones he would later be accused of becoming. Did he use his skills to become a real-life Dexter? Were the Idaho victims his first, or was a serial killer hiding in the midst? The producers of The Piketon Massacre explore all sides of the shocking crime in pursuit of the truth.       Listen to The Idaho Massacre on the iHeartRadio app or wherever you get your podcasts!See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
6/12/20241 minute, 19 seconds
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Introducing: Betrayal Season 3

Stacey Rutherford thought she met her soulmate when she laid eyes on Dr. Justin Rutherford. They fell in love, and it was better than she ever imagined. But this family doctor, beloved father, and cherished husband had dark secrets. He had sworn to do no harm but would resort to any means necessary to save himself.   We’re excited to share this Betrayal story with you and even more excited to tell you that you can get access to episodes 100% ad free with an iHeart True Crime+ subscription, available exclusively on Apple Podcasts. Plus, you’ll get access to the next episodes 1-week ahead of everyone else - available only to iHeart True Crime+ subscribers! And you’ll also get access to ALL episodes from Betrayal S1 and S2 ad-free as well! So don’t wait! Head to Apple Podcasts, search for “iHeart True Crime+” and subscribe today!  If you would like to reach out to the Betrayal Team, email us at [email protected] omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
5/23/20241 minute, 51 seconds
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Introducing - Paper Ghosts Season 4: The Ozarks

Summer 1989: in the heart of the Ozarks. A young woman goes missing before a body is found, not far from the Missouri border. Soon, a second body is discovered nearby. The hunt for a possible serial killer heats up as investigator M. William Phelps arrives on the scene to reinvestigate a once-cold case. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
2/14/20243 minutes, 21 seconds
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Introducing: True Crime Story: It Couldn't Happen Here

Hi, Paper Ghosts Fans! We want to share a new true crime podcast hosted by Hilarie Burton Morgan that we think you'll love... About the show: The tight knit fabric of a small town can be torn apart when a violent crime happens. Join host and advocate Hilarie Burton Morgan in the companion podcast to SundanceTV's powerful true crime documentary series, "It Couldn’t Happen Here." Along with key crew from the TV series as her co-hosts, Burton Morgan will dive deeper into the cases covered on the show featuring never before heard archive and a behind the scenes lens of how the team tackles these head-scratching and heart-breaking stories. "It Couldn’t Happen Here" encourages everyone to get curious, get involved, and ask how can I help when it appears the system has failed? After listening to this podcast, you'll find yourself thinking twice about our series title: "It Couldn't Happen Here". It can, and it does, more than you would think. For more information on the cases we cover or if you have a case you’d like us to tackle, please follow our advocacy work on @ICHHstories on Instagram and Twitter Listen here and subscribe to True Crime Story: It Couldn't Happen Here on the iHeartRadio app or wherever you get your podcasts!See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
12/20/20231 minute, 9 seconds
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Introducing: The Greatest True Crime Stories Ever Told

The Greatest True Crime Stories Ever Told is an anthology podcast series of the most layered and engrossing true crime stories about female killers, cops, scientists, lawyers, scammers, activists, and more. Hosted by true crime writer, Mary Kay McBrayer, this podcast tells the stories in which women aren’t narrowly defined as victims, but instead are the protagonists. Listen to The Greatest True Crime Stories Ever Told on the iHeartRadio app or wherever you get your podcasts. https://www.iheart.com/podcast/1119-the-greatest-true-crime-s-128412643/See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
12/5/20231 minute, 59 seconds
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Introducing: Talking to Death with Payne Lindsey

Hi, Paper Ghosts fans! Tenderfoot TV and iHeartPodcasts have teamed up for another exciting podcast called Talking to Death, hosted by Up and Vanished creator Payne Lindsey. Since you love this show, we think you'll like this one too. Don't just take our word for it, though. Check out this trailer and start listening today! Show Description: Up and Vanished host and creator Payne Lindsey wants to talk you to death in his first “true crime” talk show (that may or may not actually be about true crime). Pull up a chair as Payne and guests talk about all things crime, life, mystery, and fun. From Tenderfoot TV and iHeartRadio comes a new weekly series, Talking to Death. Take a listen… odds are, you won’t die. Listen to Talking to Death on the iHeartRadio app, or wherever you get your podcasts!See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
11/16/202355 seconds
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Introducing: What Happened to Libby Caswell

Hi, Paper Ghosts fans! iHeartPodcasts is pleased to introduce the second installment of the "What Happened to" series, which covers the tragic story of Libby Caswell. You can expect host Melissa Jeltsen's same in-depth, thorough reporting and exceptional storytelling in each episode of "What Happened to Libby Caswell," starting on November 2nd. Here's a peek into the season, so check it out and start listening to Libby's story today! Show Description: In 2017, Libby Caswell was found dead in a motel room in Independence, Missouri. Police quickly ruled her death a suicide. But her mother Cindy thinks she was murdered — and she believes she has proof the crime scene was staged. Award-winning investigative reporter Melissa Jeltsen dives deep into Libby’s final days, finding new evidence that unravels the official story and threatens to implicate more than just those in the motel room that day. In her search for answers, Jeltsen exposes the web of failures that left Libby vulnerable and explores how her story fits into one of America’s most deadly epidemics. Listen to What Happened to Libby Caswell on the iHeartRadio app, or wherever you get your podcasts!See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
11/2/20233 minutes, 30 seconds
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Introducing: Burden of Guilt

Burden of Guilt tells the harrowing story of Tracyraquel Berns, a woman who has spent the last four decades of her life at the center of one of the most bizarre and disturbing cases in American History. When she was just two years old, her baby brother tragically died. He was only four months old. Tracyraquel grew up believing that her baby brother’s death was the result of a terrible accident. Her family refused to discuss what happened, leaving her suspicious and wanting answers. Years later, Tracyraquel discovered that the death was no accident. Medical records revealed that she was responsible for Matthew’s death. But she was only a young toddler at the time. Could it be true? Or was she simply a scapegoat? Tracyraquel knew in her gut something more sinister was at play. She needed to get to the bottom of what really happened to Matthew. This series explores Tracyraquel’s pursuit of truth, justice, and healing. Listen to Burden of Guilt on the iHeartRadio app or wherever you get your podcasts. https://www.iheart.com/podcast/1119-burden-of-guilt-125035763/  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
10/18/20231 minute, 55 seconds
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Introducing: Unrestorable

Hi, Paper Ghosts fans! Listen to Unrestorable hosted by Beth Karas and Sarah Treleaven! A new Truecrime podcast that takes us into the wild murder trial of Catherine Hoggle. Catherine has been found not competent to stand trial for the 2014 murders of her children. On the verge of release, is it possible she’s been faking it all along?. Don't just take our word for it, check out the trailer to decide for yourself!   Listen to Unrestorable on the iHeartRadio app or wherever you get your podcasts!See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
10/4/20232 minutes, 45 seconds
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Introducing: The Idaho Massacre

On November 13, 2022, four students from the University of Idaho are brutally stabbed to death in an off-campus house. After a lengthy investigation and cross-country manhunt, a Ph.D. student from a neighboring university is charged with the crimes. As it turns out, the 28-year-old was majoring in criminology, studying the behavior of killers like the ones he would later be accused of becoming. Did he use his skills to become a real-life Dexter? Were the Idaho victims his first, or was a serial killer hiding in the midst? The producers of The Piketon Massacre explore all sides of the shocking crime in pursuit of the truth. Listen here or on the iHeartRadio app. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
8/10/20231 minute, 38 seconds
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Introducing: Sacred Scandal

La Luz del Mundo Sacred Scandal, named one of Podtrac’s Best New Podcasts of 2022, embarks on its second season, focusing on Mexico-based megachurch La Luz del Mundo (Light of the World). It tells the story of Naasón Joaquín García, a self-proclaimed apostle, who is currently behind bars after pleading guilty in June 2022 of sexually abusing girls from his congregation. Naasón is currently serving a nearly 17-year sentence, but maintains his innocence. Host and investigative journalist Roberta Garza explores Naasón's control over a multitude of devotees, some of whom now describe their experiences in the church as "pure evil." In this true-crime series, survivors share stories about this powerful religious leader and the alleged sexual abuse that followed, many relating to minors.   Listen here and subscribe to Sacred Scandal on the iHeartRadio app or wherever you get your podcasts!See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
6/16/20232 minutes, 49 seconds
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Introducing: Betrayal Season 2

Ashley Lytton was a typical mom and wife in suburban Utah with three children until she discovered her husband’s horrifying secret. It was a shocking crime that would alter Ashley’s life and jeopardize the safety of her children. This season Betrayal will focus on one mother’s fight to find justice for her daughter and protection from a predator too close to home. Listen to Betrayal Season 2 on the iHeartRadio app or wherever you get your podcasts. https://www.iheart.com/podcast/1119-betrayal-95632727/See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
5/18/20232 minutes, 5 seconds
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Where is Victor Gerena?

In the final episode, President Clinton’s decision to grant clemency to members of the Macheteros and the FALN ignites a firestorm on Capitol Hill and spells trouble for the First Lady’s Senate bid. A top Macheteros leader meets a violent end, Puerto Rico struggles under U.S. leadership, and Phelps completes his search for Victor Gerena.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
5/12/202231 minutes, 14 seconds
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Lawyers, Guns and Money

A series of FBI raids send more than a dozen Macheteros back to Connecticut to stand trial in the Wells Fargo robbery case. Plus, an attorney for the group unpacks the government’s “sloppy” legal strategy, Juan’s former lover testifies in court, and a key player jumps bail and returns to clandestinity.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
5/5/202236 minutes, 7 seconds
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Aguila Blanca

A top Macheteros soldier explains exactly what happened the night of the Wells Fargo heist, including where Victor took the cash in the days that followed. Plus, internal dissent and hubris threatens to derail the entire operation, and we dive deep into a Cuban connection.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
4/28/202231 minutes, 38 seconds
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Epiphany

After Victor Gerena surfaces to take credit for the robbery, money starts showing up in the heart of Hartford’s Puerto Rican community. Then, a missile strike thousands of miles away reveals an unassuming piece of evidence that provides investigators with a huge break – and a new suspect. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
4/21/202232 minutes, 29 seconds
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Be On The Lookout

A nationwide manhunt takes a turn after police recover the car used in the heist. Then, law enforcement learns what a key witness knows about Victor Gerena’s movements the morning of the robbery. This, as Phelps digs into the 25-year-old security guard’s background and uncovers a potential motive.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
4/14/202230 minutes, 15 seconds
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The $7 Million Man

The West Hartford Police Department springs into action after two Wells Fargo security guards reveal that a coworker, 25-year-old Victor Gerena, held them at gunpoint, drugged them, and drove off with more than $7 million in cash. Plus, a cryptic lead sends police to a local airport. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
4/7/202229 minutes, 45 seconds
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Introducing: White Eagle

From the team behind Paper Ghosts, WHITE EAGLE is a six-part true crime series about a 1983 heist where a 25-year-old armored truck driver from West Hartford, Connecticut, tied up his co-workers, stuffed more than $7 million into a Buick LaSabre, and disappeared into the night. At the time, it was one of the largest cash heists in U.S. history. But that was just the beginning.   WHITE EAGLE launches April 7. Listen and subscribe on the iHeartRadio app, Apple Podcasts, or wherever you listen to your favorite shows.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
3/23/20222 minutes, 54 seconds