When crime reporter Mario Spezi began a story on a murdered couple found in the Italian countryside, he had no idea what a wormhole this chilling tableau would open. The Monster of Florence shot couples and mutilated women, but were the related murders the work of a serial killer, copycat killings, or a member of the mafia gone rogue? Carter and Wenndy investigate the murders’ connections to a Sardinian clan, and discuss the life and theories of journalist Mario Spezi, who spent over 20 years writing about the crimes.
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.
Starting in 1981, star Italian journalist Mario Spezi reports on the slayings of a ruthless serial killer named the Monster of Florence. Little does he know that the Monster’s crimes will dictate the direction of his entire journalistic career. Plagued by images of mutilated sexual organs anRead More
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.”
Laying naked in a cardboard box, the body of a young boy is discovered by a muskrat trapper and college student passing separately through the Fox Chase section of Philadelphia in February of 1957. No one comes forward to claim the boy or provide information about who he was or where he came from. To this day, his identitRead More
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.
William Wallace was doomed from the start. On February 19th, 1931, a month after the murder of his wife, court proceedings to try William for the murder began. No motives or other suspects were considered by the prosecution or defense, and the jury reached a verdict based on their own biases, rather than concrete evidence.Read More
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.
When William Bliss discovered George Reeves in the wee hours of the morning on June 16, 1959, the actor laid naked across his bed with a gun at his feet and bullet hole in his right temple. The police quickly ruled the death a suicide, but George’s mother, Helen Bessolo, refused to accept that as the truth. With the help of Milo Speriglio, the maRead More
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.
June 16, 1959, George Reeves, an actor known for playing Clark Kent and Superman in the television series The Adventures of Superman, was shot to death in his Benedict Canyon, Los Angeles home. While authorities ruled his death a suicide, the mysterious circumstances surrounding his death suggest the on-screen superhero met his end atRead More
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.
Two and a half months after Mary Rogers’ corpse is pulled from the river near Sybil’s Cave, her fiancé Daniel Payne’s body is found in almost the exact same spot. Frederica Loss also makes a deathbed confession to Coroner Gilbert Merritt, and police begin investigating the angle that Mary was the victim of a botched abortion procedure.Read More
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.
Mary Cecilia Rogers, famed beauty who worked as a cigar girl at Anderson’s Tobacco Emporium in New York, was found floating in the Hudson River near Sybil’s Cave on July 28th, 1841. Clothes torn and face marred by cuts and bruises, Mary appeared to have been strangled before her body was dumped. Her tragic end inspired Edgar Allan Poe to write “The Mystery of Marie Roget,” anRead More
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.
Allegedly seen with Barbara and Patricia Grimes before their deaths, Elvis lookalike Bennie Bedwell becomes the prime suspect in the Chicago PD’s homicide investigation. What investigators believe will be an open and shut case quickly becomes more complicated when a dark mystery from the city’s past, with possible ties to the Grimes sisters’ murders, comes back to haunt them.Read More
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.
Just days before the New Year in 1956, sixteen and thirteen-year-old Barbara and Patricia Grimes go missing from their neighborhood in Brighton Park, Chicago. The community rumor mill paints the girls as careless, rebellious teen runaways with an obsession for Elvis Presley and the Hollywood life. Countless fraudulent sightings across the country lead police on a wild goose chasRead More