In 1957, the corpse of a child was found in a box in Pennsylvania. Who was this boy? Where were his parents? How did he end up in the box? Carter and Wenndy investigate the baffling case of “America’s Unknown Child.”
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. Ad-free archives of episodes six months or older are now available through Stitcher Premium.
It’s always the person closest to the victim. Or is it? This week, Carter and Wenndy follow the trial of William Wallace. Our hosts try to figure out why no other suspects were tried for Julia Wallace’s murder, when there were plenty of suspicious figures at play.
Knight to E-4. Checkmate. After receiving a mysterious call at his chess club, William Wallace went on a wild goose chase to meet a client. When he returned home, his wife was dead. Did the chess enthusiast plan his wife’s murder with the same strategy and foresight needed in chess, or was he just in the wrong place at the wrong time? Carter and Wenndy investigate, because in this crime, none of the pieces are black and white.
After his fiancé eerily predicted George Reeve’s death seconds before the gun went off, police wonder if there’s more to the story the very drunk witnesses are telling. When they rule it a suicide, George’s mother hires a PI who discerns there is indeed more to the story. Carter and Wenndy investigate George’s fiancé, ex-lover, and ex-lover’s husband to try to figure out who killed Superman.
It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s… an unsolved murder? George Reeves gained fame in his starring role in the 1950’s television series Adventures of Superman, but died from a gunshot in 1959. Authorities ruled it a suicide, but the evidence suggests foul play. Carter and Wenndy investigate possible murder suspects in this Hollywood killing.
Two months after Mary Roger's body was found in the Hudson River, her fiancée, Daniel Payne is found dead near the Hudson’s shore. Are these two murders related? The police hit a dead end until Edgar Allan Poe got involved. Join Carter and Wenndy as they consider potential suspects of Mary and Daniel’s deaths.
In 1841, Mary Rogers’ corpse was found floating in the Hudson. At only 20, the “beautiful cigar girl” was a local celebrity even before her mysterious death. Mary had many admirers, including a fiancé, an ex-fiance, the boss who hired her for her looks, the men to whom she sold cigars and Edgar Allen Poe. And clearly, she had at least one enemy. Carter and Wenndy trawl for clues in the mystery of Mary Rogers.
After the Grimes sisters’ corpses are discovered under a bridge, the police try to nail down the perpetrator amid a heavily mismanaged investigation. The gruesome crimes hearken back to an earlier Chicago crime—could the girls be the victim of a serial killer? Chilling phone calls made to the girl’s mother suggest so. Carter and Wenndy investigate the girls’ deaths, and whether it was premeditated or it was just bad luck.
On a cold Chicago night, two Elvis-obsessed sisters go missing. The police assume the girls are runaways, but their mother believes the disappearance to be far more sinister. The local community, the FBI, and even Elvis himself help in the search--until it leads to tragedy. Join Carter and Wenndy as they investigate the mysterious disappearance of Barbara and Patricia Grimes.
An autopsy reveals that Betsy Aardsma was stabbed with near-surgical precision, leading state troopers to conclude the killer was a highly intelligent stalker. But in this still-open case, the full list of suspects ranges beyond stalkers—from Betsy’s classmates to her professors to famous serial killers. Carter and Wenndy take a second look at this suspect list, and come across a jilted lover out for revenge.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.