Who murdered Betsy Aardsma? The list of suspects ranged from professors to jilted lovers and the infamous serial killers Ted Bundy and the Co-Ed Killer. Yet, despite this intriguing catalogue of possible culprits and the large law enforcement presence on campus in 1969, Betsy’s case was knocked from the national spotlight when news broke about the Manson family murders.Read More
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 other Tuesday.
By all accounts, Betsy Aardsma was a normal girl. She came from a loving family in small-town Holland, Michigan. She had a passion for public service and dreamed of joining the Peace Corps. After she graduated from the University of Michigan in 1969, Betsy followed her boyfriend to Penn State to get a masters degree. While researching a paper in the library, Betsy was murdered. Join Carter and Wenndy as they scour Betsy’s “perfect” life for clues on her death.
A smart, good-natured 22-year old with a loving family, a steady boyfriend and promising undergraduate degrees in Art and English from the University of Michigan, Betsy Aardsma had her whole life ahead of her. At the time of her death, she was attending Penn State University for grad school andRead More
After a gruesome double murder, miscommunication between police departments compromises the crime scene, leaving the police nothing to go on but the lone witness – a local pig woman. Her testimony points to the wealthy Stevens family, including Willie Stevens, whose quirks complicate the trial. The Stevens are acquitted, but four years later, a shocking confession puts them back on trial and in the national spotlight. The Stevens maintain their innocence, but if they didn’t do it, who did? Join Carter and Wenndy as they investigate.
Stopping just short of asking the nation to pop a bowl of popcorn, news media across the country publishes and broadcasts juicy stories about the Hall-Mills Murders for a public that readily devoured the shocking and sensational. The spectacle does not end in 1922 when the case initially closes and is marked ‘unsolved.’ Four years after the murders, FRead More
Two corpses are found posed under a tree in New Brunswick, New Jersey. An heiress, a reverend, a cheating wife, a charming bachelor, the local oddball, and the love affair that turned deadly—with this cast of characters, it’s no wonder the case kicked off one of the biggest media frenzies of the early 20th century. Join Carter and Wenndy as they investigate the events in a sleepy New Jersey town that led up to the chilling murders.
On September 16, 1922, illicit lovers Reverend Edward Hall and Eleanor Mills are found murdered in a field between Somerset and New Brunswick, New Jersey. The killer poses their bodies under a crabapple tree, invoking imagery of a disgraced modern-day Adam and Eve.Read More
After being brutally attacked by the Zodiac Killer, Cecelia Shepard gives a description of her attacker that becomes the basis for the famous police sketch. SFPD Detectives Armstrong and Toschi frantically investigate suspects and ciphers in hopes of preventing another slaying. Join Carter and Wenndy as they jump back into the case and come to a terrifying conclusion.
In the late 1960's and early 1970's, the self-proclaimed Zodiac Killer was responsible for at least five murders in Northern California. He cultivated his notoriety by sending taunting letters and cryptic ciphers to all the major newspapers in the California Bay Area until 1974, when they abruptly stopped. Despite an intensive search for the killer, no one was ever arrested and the case remains open. The mystery surrounding the Zodiac Killings has led to countless books and several movies. Join Carter and Wenndy as they try to solve the case.
Three days before Christmas in 1799, a young woman named Gulielma Sands disappears the night she reveals she is to marry Levi Weeks. Her lifeless body is found in a Manhattan well on January 2nd not far from her boardinghouse on Greenwich Street, New York City. When Levi was arrested for the murder, chaos ensued. The trial was New York City’s first sensational murder case, the first American trial to be transcribed and contained the first “dream team” council that included no other than Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr.
We are taking a short holiday break and will be back every Tuesday starting January 3rd when we start our investigation into the ZODIAC Killer! Happy Holidays from everyone at Parcast. We are so thankful to have you as our listener. Have a happy, healthy and safe New Year!
Just three days before Christmas in 1799, a young woman named Giulielma “Elma” Sands disappears from her boarding house in Greenwich Village, New York. Police find Elma’s body at the bottom of a well and arrest her lover for the crime.Read More
Lizzie Borden is arrested and tried for the murder of her father and stepmother. In one of America’s most infamous murder trials, we are left with more questions than answers. Over 100 years later, speculation of what really occurred in Fall River Massachusetts continues. Join Carter and Wenndy as they try to end the speculation for good.
Although Lizzie Borden is exonerated for the murders of her father and stepmother, she cannot escape the infamy and stigma the high-profile trial elicits. As an outcast of Fall River society, it follows her until the day she dies. For a time, Lizzie lives with Emma and they enjoy their father’s wealth.Read More
We have all heard the rhyme: “Lizzie Borden took an axe, and gave her mother forty whacks; When she saw what she had done, She gave her father forty-one". But do you know the cold case behind the rhyme? On August 4, 1892, Andrew and Abby Borden are brutally hacked to death with an axe in their own home. Join Carter and Wenndy as they start their investigation.
Secrets come to light about Mary’s affair with President John F. Kennedy. This combined with her suspicions about the CIA’s involvement in JFK’s assassination may have painted a target on her back. After Mary’s death, her sister, brother-in-law and CIA friend, frantically look for her diary. Is this the clue to solving her murder? Join Carter and Wenndy to find out.
“Why don’t you leave suburbia for once – come and see me – either here – or at the Cape next week or in Boston the 19th. I know it is unwise, irrational, and that you may hate it – on the other hand you may not – and I will love it. You say that it is good for me not to get what I want. After all of these years – you should give me a more loving answer than that. Why don’t you just say yes.” – President John F. Kennedy in a letter to Mary Pinchot Meyer.Read More
In October of 1964, Mary Pinchot Meyer, a well-known member of Georgetown society, mistress of John Kennedy, friend of Jackie Kennedy and ex-wife of a top CIA man was murdered while walking down a path she frequented alongside the C&O Canal in Washington, D.C. Was Mary the victim of random street crime or a conspiracy involving the most prominent men in the capital? Join Carter and Wenndy to find out.