Before her violent murder in February 1977, Christa Helm made diary entries and secret audio recordings of her famous and powerful lovers. After she was killed, the diary and most of the tapes vanished. Were they stolen by the killer, or did she hide them herself? Could that evidence still be out there?
Unsolved Murders: True Crime Stories
With Carter Roy & Wenndy Mackenzie
About Unsolved Murders: True Crime Stories
Unsolved Murders: True Crime Stories is a podcast drama with a modern twist on old time radio that delves into the mystery of true cold cases and unsolved murders. With the help of an ensemble cast, follow our hosts as they take you on an entertaining journey through the crime scene, the investigation and attempt to solve the case. With many surprising plot twists, it’s important you start listening from Episode 1. New episodes are released every Tuesday.
Christa Helm was an aspiring Hollywood actress who was no stranger to the male gaze. She dated many famous men in Hollywood and kept a detailed diary of her escapades. One day, she was found murdered in the street. Was she a random victim, or a did a former lover do her in?
In October of 1966, Dr. Robert Sims, his wife Helen, and their 12-year-old daughter Joy Lynn were brutally butchered in their own home. They were a wholesome family with no known enemies. But, the Sims family did know people who had secrets. Were those secrets bad enough for murder?
The brutal slayings of Dr. Robert Sims, his wife Helen, and their 12-year-old daughter Joy Lynn rocked the southern city of Tallahassee in 1966. There were no witnesses and no murder weapon was found. Was it a copycat crime? A robbery gone wrong? Or a violent act of revenge?
The murders of teenagers Christine Sharrock and Marianne Schmidt shocked the community of Wanda Beach. Police announced more than 5000 persons of interest. But only three people became prime suspects. Who were they and which one of them is really responsible for the Wanda Beach Murders?
Australian teens Christine Sharrock, Marianne Schmidt, and Marianne's four younger siblings set out for the beach. When the younger siblings became tired, the older girls continued on, promising to be back soon. Their bodies were discovered the next day. Were the girls in the wrong place at the wrong time? Or had they accidentally befriended their own killer?
After years of bullying the residents of Skidmore, Missouri, the townspeople finally stood up to Ken McElroy. In front of dozens of people, Ken McElroy was shot dead while he sat with his wife in his pickup truck. Nobody saw the shooter. Nobody called the sheriff to report the shooting. Nobody was convicted for the crime. Which begs the question: how did an entire town get away with murder?
Many people wanted Ken McElroy dead, so it was not surprising when he was shot and killed. What was surprising is when police investigated, witnesses said they couldn't identify the shooter.
After Pamela Werner’s body was found at the base of the Fox Tower in Beijing, China, it took doctors several hours to figure out what caused her multiple gruesome injuries, and ultimately, her death. Who was to blame...her boyfriend… a stranger… a colleague… her father?
Retired British diplomat Edward Werner lived a solitary life in Beijing. His wife had died, and his spirited, nearly-grown daughter spent much of her time at boarding school. But one morning in 1937, Edward came across a growing crowd, and quickly realized he had stumbled upon his own daughter’s murder scene.
Twenty one-year-old Margaret Martin was eager to start her career as a secretary. But when she went for an interview on December 17, 1938, her potential employer turned out to be her murderer.
At 21 years old, Margaret Martin had graduated college with honors and was ready to pursue her dream of being a stenographer. Just weeks after her graduation, she received a thrilling opportunity: an interview for a secretary position at a new insurance company. But the prospect of employment soon became her death sentence.
In 1976, Cindy Joy Elias moved from Los Angeles back to her hometown: a quiet, sleepy town in Minnesota. She felt safe there after spending her high school years in a big city. But when police found Cindy brutally murdered in the woods, it was clear. This town wasn’t as safe as anyone believed… and there was a killer on the loose.
After a night of drinking with classmates at a neighborhood bar, 19-year-old Cindy Joy Elias stepped outside to find a ride back home. Her body was found in the woods the next day. Was she just in the wrong place at the wrong time… or was she killed by someone she knew?
After four teenagers were attacked, and three of them killed, in July of 1960, the police investigate multiple suspects… including the sole survivor of the attack, a suspect that drowns himself and another suspect that seems to match the killer’s description, but is found innocent. The case remains the biggest unsolved case in Finland’s history.
It sounds like a traditional campfire story: four teenagers camp along the shore of Lake Bodom in July 1960. But their weekend of fun turns dark when an unknown murderer commits a triple homicide… leaving only one survivor. This isn’t just a scary story… it’s real. We explore the dark twists and turns of the case as we search for the killer.
After the brutal murder of Arlis Perry, police chased several leads, only to find dead ends. We follow the investigation. Did someone have a vendetta against Arlis? Did she have a secret lover? Or was this evidence of cult activity?
In October 1974, the body of 19-year-old Arlis Perry was found in Memorial Church in Palo Alto, California. Perry went to the church late one night to pray, but the next morning, she was found dead beneath the cross. We navigate the dark turns of this case, and investigate the events leading up to this horrific, violent crime.
In 1929, Benny Evangelist, his wife, and their four children were found brutally murdered in their own home. But Benny’s strange past and cult involvement caused police to overlook some key evidence. We examine that ignored evidence, and investigate how the police looked into everything from Benny’s crazed cult followers to the supernatural in an attempt to solve the case.
On July 3, 1929, faith healer and cult leader Benny Evangelist was found sitting in his home office with his own severed head lying at his feet. Upstairs, his wife still held their youngest child, both brutally murdered, and their three other children laid in a bedroom with severed limbs and crushed skulls. We investigate Benny’s life as an eccentric and wealthy cult leader as we search for the killer and the motive.