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.
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.
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.
World-renowned surgeon and cancer researcher Dr. Mary Sherman was found brutally murdered in her New Orleans apartment in 1964. Her body was burned and lacerated, and during her autopsy, a stab wound was found in her chest. Was this an act of senseless violence, a professional grudge...or something even more sinister?
On July 21, 1964, a fire was reported at the Patio Apartments in New Orleans. The first responders found a disturbing scene...blood splattered on the walls, a burning mattress, and the lifeless body of a world-renowned surgeon and cancer researcher. We dissect the facts to question what really happened to Dr. Mary S. Sherman.
On September 16, 1920, an explosion went off at 23 Wall Street, killing 38 people and injuring hundreds more. But no one knew who set off the bomb, or why. We explore the political and financial turmoil that may have inspired the attack, and we look into the man who warned New Yorkers of the bombing beforehand with uncanny detail.
After months of receiving terrifying phone calls from an anonymous caller, Dorothy Jane Scott was kidnapped in May 1980. But after her disappearance, her mother starts receiving calls every week for four years, with the sinister man on the other line saying Dorothy was alive...
In May 1980, Dorothy Jane Scott brought a coworker to the University of California Irvine Medical Center...and that’s the last time anyone saw her. Except for one person—an anonymous man who called Dorothy for months leading up to her disappearance. We explore the psychology behind obsession and stalking, and how it led to Dorothy Jane Scott’s abduction.
After the gruesome massacre of the Donnelly family, the trial to bring their killers to justice becomes chaotic. We examine the trial and its main suspects—a priest and the chief of police—and how the Donnelly reputation caused their murders to go unsolved.
The Donnellys were a family of Irish immigrants who moved to Canada and became outlaws in the 1800s. Carter and Wenndy investigate the family and the volatile relationships they had with their neighbors in rural Ontario. These ongoing feuds may have led the town to turn a blind eye to the "The Black Donnelly Massacre."
Months after the murder of Rita Bouchard, when the case seemed to be going cold, investigators hear a surprising confession from Rita’s neighbor, Raymond Patenaude. Carter and Wenndy focus on Raymond and his account of the night of Rita’s death… and his recollection of the next morning, when he woke up beside her dead body.
On a chilly February day in 1947, news of an unidentified 17-year-old woman’s body shook the people of Pawtucket, Rhode Island. Carter and Wenndy explore the long line of suspects ranging from Rita’s boyfriend to her creepy, pedophile neighbor...but who was present in those final moments of her life, and the first moments of her death?
With Austin Texas in a panic, local authorities were desperate to quell citizens fears by prosecuting any suspect--perhaps even one they knew was innocent. Carter and Wenndy follow the search for a suspect with a missing toe, explore possible connections to other violent axe murders during that timeframe, and consider the cases most famous suspect- Jack the Ripper.
The Servant Girl Annihilator struck late at night, axing mothers while their children slept in the very same bed. The bloody murder of Mollie Smith, and the string of related killings that followed, put 1880’s Austin Texas in a panic. Carter and Wenndy investigate the witness accounts describing a barefoot, hooded man wielding an axe, and how racial tensions muddled the investigation.
Carter and Wenndy investigate the rumors and reporting around the mysterious death of movie producer Thomas Ince. Between rape allegations, false headlines and whispers of murder, the true story remains a cypher for the ages.
It reads like a classic murder mystery. At the height of the Silent Era, a group of Hollywood's elite gathered for a dinner party aboard a capricious millionaire's yacht. When a famous movie producer turns up dead, suddenly no one aboard the ship wants to talk about what really happened. Carter and Wenndy investigate the mysterious death of producer and studio head Thomas Ince, Father of the Western and arguably the most influential founder of the Hollywood studio system.
When the Beaumont children disappeared, Australia was permanently scarred, but they weren’t the only children to disappear around that time. Carter and Wenndy search potentially related cases for connections as they look for a suspect. Our hosts follow the dedicated detective who remained on the case after everyone else gave up, and judge the plausibility of claims from people who came forward, years later, claiming to be the lost Beaumonts.
Their disappearance changed Australian parenting forever. Jane, Grant and Arnna Beaumont were last seen five minutes from home, playing at the beach. Mass news coverage brought the investigation to the attention of a celebrity investigator and a celebrity psychic, but even they couldn’t find the poor children. Carter and Wenndy analyze mysterious letters supposedly written by the missing Beaumont children and investigate witness accounts from that fateful day at the beach.
After the tragic deaths of four children, Oakland County was in a panic, and the Task Force was desperate, even engaging a celebrity psychiatrist to help catch the killer. The investigation fizzled out by 1980… until new leads emerged in the 2000’s. Were the killings tied to a local pedophilia ring? Perhaps the police zeroed in on the wrong leads? Carter and Wenndy investigate.
In the 1970’s, the suburbs of Detroit were supposed to be safe. But when children started disappearing, Detectives Krease and Robertson got worried. And when their bodies were found dead, the detectives began hunting a serial killer. Carter and Wenndy dig into the hidden dark background of Oakland County, Michigan and follow the detectives’ investigation until they land on a suspect.