Murder and scandal befalls Peasenhall Parish, a conservative community on the East Coast of England known for its sweet pea festivals and peacocks, in the summer of 1902. WilliamRead 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 Tuesday.
The Peasenhall Murder is one of the most notorious unsolved murders in England. Rose Harsent, a beautiful unwed housemaid, was found murdered in the middle of the night in the sleepy town of Peasenhall. The biggest clue to the murder suspect is Rose’s pregnancy. Was she killed by her unborn child’s father? By a jilted admirer? Or even her ashamed employers? Carter and Wenndy dig into the local gossip of a tiny turn of the century town to find clues on who may have killed Rose Harsent.
Murder and scandal befalls Peasenhall Parish, a conservative community on the East Coast of England known for its sweet pea festivals and peacocks, in the summer of 1902. William Harsent finds his twenty-year-old daughter Rose sprawled out in a pool of her own blood inRead More
People across America knew Bob Crane as a famous actor. Many others knew him for his sex scandals. And somebody knew him as a person they wanted dead. But when everyone knows who the victim is, it’s a lot harder to nail down a suspect. Carter and Wenndy investigate; was Bob bludgeoned to death by a jealous friend, an upset lover, an angry ex-wife? Or someone who just knew him as a star?
Beloved entertainer Bob Crane’s dark sexual desires become public knowledge after police discover his large collection of sex tapes in his Scottsdale, AZ home. When investigators identify the other man in the videos as John Carpenter – Crane’sRead More
Famed radio DJ and star of Hogan’s Heroes, Bob Crane was equally famous for his scandals. The last of which is his unsolved murder. Crane was found in his Scottsdale apartment, beaten to death, likely with the very same tripod he used to make his scandalous videos. Carter and Wenndy dig into Bob Crane’s life to search for suspects.
Bludgeoned to death by the very tripod he used in filming his sexual escapades, Bob Crane, star of the famous ‘60s television series Hogan’s Heroes, was mysteriously murdered June 29, 1978 in his room at Winfield Place Apartments in Scottsdale. In the years following Hogan’s Heroes, Crane’s career and personal life spiraled into an addicRead More
The search for Elsie Paroubek ended when her corpse was pulled from a Chicago canal. She had certainly been murdered, but who did it? Carter and Wenndy investigate the suspects in Elsie’s disappearance, including gypsies, a local peddler, and one of the most famous outsider artists, Henry Darger.
Police search in vain for Elsie Paroubek’s killer. When months of combing Romani encampments for a perpetrator bears no fruit, investigators redirect their attention to two eccentric peddlers living along the canal wRead More
Though she died at only 5 years old, Elsie Paroubek captured the hearts of Chicago, with over two thousand people attending her funeral. Elsie was an ordinary girl born to Bohemian immigrants in Chicago, until one day, she disappeared forever. This week, Carter and Wenndy ask the question: what happened to Elsie?
On the morning of April 8, 1911, a five-year-old Czech-American girl named Eliška "Elsie" Paroubek walks out the door of her Chicago home to visit a nearby relative but never returns. The last to see Elsie alive are her nine-year-old cousiRead More
Voodoo. Gangsters. A family feud. All were possible factors in the 1943 murder of Sir Harry Oakes, the richest man in the Bahamas. And it only got more complicated when the Duke of Windsor became personally involved in the investigation, bringing in foreign investigators. After following a botched investigation and shoddy court case, Carter and Wenndy consider Oakes’ son-in-law, his friend, and even a Nazi as suspects.
When news of Sir Harry Oakes’ murder reaches the Nassau press and populace despite the illustrious Duke of Windsor’s efforts to keep it under wraps, the islanders are quick to peg the gold baron’s son-in-law, Count Alfred de Marigny, for the murder.Read More
No one succeeds without ruffling a few feathers, and baronet Sir Harry Oakes was no exception. Oakes made a fortune off his gold mines, but in 1943 he was found burnt to a crisp in his own bed. Carter and Wenndy examine Oakes’ meteoric success and brutal end.
After throwing a Gatsby-esque celebration in his Nassau, Bahamas mansion on July 8, 1943, American-born Sir Harry Oakes, First Baronet of Nassau, was beaten to death and lit on fire in his bedroom. Despite the brutality of the murder, and having a family friend spending the night in a nearby guest room, Oakes’ murderer was unseen and unheard.
Fabulously rich and influential, Oakes was a philanthropist, business magnate and gold miner who heavily invested in the infrastructure, housing and farming industries of the Bahamas, where most of the population lived in poverty. He made most of his money during World War I and the Great Depression, a time when many were struggling to get by.
Was Sir Harry Oakes done in by an angry populist? A close family friend? Or was the tycoon’s murderer a member of his own family?
A fellow party guest implores Sir Harry Oakes to share the funny story he told her the night before. He doesn’t think the story is funny but begins to tell it anyways at the urging of other guests. Above the sounds of laughter, music and dancing, howling winds and other tell-tale hallmarks of a tropical storm can be heard from outside. Oakes’ story is cut short when there is a loud crash, followed by breaking glass and the cries of disgruntled party-goers. A flustered servant explains that the glasses were jostled from his grasp, but Oakes reassures him that he has plenty more and offers him a drink.
In a flashback, one miner talks to another about pocketing some of the gold he dug up from Sir Harry Oakes’s Lake Shore Mine in Alaska. Although Oakes has become rich from his gold mining business– netting about $60,000 a day – he pays his employees poorly, and the man is desperate for a new pair of blue jeans to protect him from the elements. His companion rightly doubts his theft will go unnoticed. When Oakes sees the miner in a pair of hole-less blue jeans, he orders him to fill an extra two pails of gold that day.
In 1923, Oakes marries a much younger woman named Eunice McIntyre in Sydney, Australia and wastes no time in starting a family and becoming the richest man in Canada. Oakes is still living abroad when the 1929 U.S. stock market crash hits, so his personal wealth is wholly unaffected by the economic catastrophe. By 1935, Oakes moves his family to the Bahamas, a British colony where the income tax rates are nearly nonexistent.
He soon becomes well known as an angel investor for the sparsely populated Bahamas community. After refurbishing and expanding the region’s small existing airport, propping up local hospitals, constructing low-income housing developments, and building a country club and a golf course, Oakes is knighted in recognition for his work.
His development projects pump money into the island economy, and he amasses more and more land. By 1941, he owns 40% of the land deeds in New Providence, the largest island in the archipelago. Wanting to expand his airport even further, Oakes sets his sights on filling in the nearby swamp so another airstrip can be put in. Despite the foreman’s advice against it, who warns it will sink over time, Oakes gives the order for it to be done.
On the night Oakes is murdered, family friend Harold Christie spends the night in a guest room, taking shelter from the tropical storm. When dawn breaks, Christie goes to the master bedroom and finds Oakes’s body lying in bed. Having been doused in gasoline and lit on fire, Oakes is unrecognizable from the waist up and his charred flesh smolders. Christie retches from the smell and runs from the room to call the police.
Before being overcome by his killer, Oakes fought mightily for his life. Torn pillows and smears of blood on the bedside decorative lacquered screen indicate a struggle took place. Between the struggle, bludgeoning, and the smell of burning flesh, it’s peculiar Christie perceived none of it. The police officers who arrive on scene immediately suspect Christie murdered Oakes and grill him with questions. Christie is flustered but adamant about his innocence.
After examining the body, officers determine by the four indentations on the side of Oakes’s skull that he likely died of blunt force trauma and was burned post-mortem to make it look like a crime of passion. Surprisingly, no money or valuables were stolen.
In another flashback, Oakes, his wife and eldest daughter Nancy have a disagreement about the latter’s choice in husband, Count Alfred De Marigny. Oakes hates the man for numerous reasons. Not only is De Marigny twice seventeen-year-old Nancy’s age, he was married two times before and eloped with Nancy without a word to her parents. Oakes throws a glass and Eunice tries to calm him down. It’s the beginning of a heated lifelong feud.
Unsolved Murders: True Crime Stories show hosts Carter Roy and Wenndy Mackenzie speculate whether the animosity between the two men escalated into physical violence, resulting in De Marigny murdering his own father-in-law. But while De Marigny had motive, the show hosts remind listeners that Harold Christie had opportunity.
On next week’s episode of Unsolved Murders: True Crime Stories, Carter and Wenndy will explore both suspects more in depth.
Years after the murder of three young girls with matching first and last initials, advances in forensics bring new suspects to light. Carter and Wenndy dig into the mysterious suicide of not one—but two—suspects, consider the involvement of The Hillside Stranglers, and explore the idea that these murders may not actually be connected at all.
“There is no physical trace evidence, witnesses, or admissions by me concerning those three murders. I did not commit those three murders. I respectfully request a final determination on this. Drop me as a suspect or charge me. This indefinite status must end,” Kenneth Bianchi, Hillside Strangler.Read More
Carmen Colon. Wanda Walkowicz. Michelle Maenza. Three young girls with matching first and last initials. Three young murder victims. Carter and Wenndy discuss each girl’s disappearance from Rochester, New York, the police’s dead-end investigation, and the public frenzy that surrounded the 1970’s murders.
A girl was slain near Rochester, New York in 1971 after at least 100 drivers ignored her distress. Half-naked and afraid, ten-year-old Carmen Colon was seen running away from a car on the shoulder of I-490 on November 16, but passerby didn’t think it was for sinister reasons – iRead More
Cheryl Crane stepped up to take the blame for her mother’s boyfriend’s death, but was she simply covering for her famous mother, silver screen blonde bombshell, Lana Turner? Carter and Wenndy sift through Cheryl’s trial, Hollywood’s top lawyer, and mob threats to determine who really killed gangster Johnny Stompanato. Though the answer may seem obvious, this case has been heavily debated for decades.
We are taking next week off, but will be back every Tuesday starting July 18 when we start our investigation into the Alphabet Murders! We are so thankful for your support!