A 14-year-old girl told her parents she was going out to meet a friend and was later found dead, face down on the train tracks. Then a man was found dangling from the top of a train car near the murder scene. Who was he? And was he involved in Carolyn Wasilewski’s death?
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.
After five of their children died in a tragic Christmas Eve fire in 1945, George and Jennie Sodder were certain that it was not due to faulty wiring. With the police department unwilling to reopen the case, the Sodders hired private detectives to investigate. What they found would reinforce what the Sodders knew all along: The fire was no accident.
On Christmas Eve 1945, a fire swept through the home of George and Jennie Sodder. They were able to escape the flames along with four of their children. Five other children remained trapped inside. Hours later, after the house was reduced to ashes, authorities searched the scene. The remains of the other five children were nowhere to be found. Did they escape the fire? Or were they even in the house to begin with?
In January 1974, Athalia Ponsell Lindsley was murdered in broad daylight on the front porch of her St. Augustine, Florida home. Police arrested a suspect who went to trial for her murder. Find out why over forty years later, no one has been convicted of her murder.
There was no shortage of suspects in the January 1974 murder of socialite Athalia Ponsell Lindsley. She had running feuds with neighbors, a husband who stole from her, and uncovered a scandal involving a gross misuse of municipal funds. But when she was hacked to death on the front steps of her home in broad daylight, nobody could identify her killer.
After two other Dutch sex workers were murdered in 1957 and 1958, Sebilla Niemans, aka the Blonde Dolly, hired a bodyguard to keep her safe. Did the man hired to protect her, strangle her in her sleep? Or was a high-profile client worried about being blackmailed?
The Blonde Dolly was a Dutchwoman who lived a double life as a society lecturer and an upscale sex worker. She was found strangled in her bed next to a detailed log of high profile clients. Was it also a detailed log of possible killers?
Josslyn Hay was a British nobleman famous for wild, alcohol and drug-fueled sex parties in the Aberdare mountain region of Kenya. He openly had affairs with married women, was an unabashed racist, and a known sympathizer of the Nazi party. Many people had a motive to kill Josslyn Hay, but who also had the means and opportunity?
Josslyn Hay was a British aristocrat who moved with his wife, Lady Idina Sackville, to Africa. There, they were part of the “Happy Valley Set,” a group of wealthy expats who lived to drink alcohol, do drugs and have sex. Extra-marital affairs at their parties were not only common but openly encouraged. So when Josslyn Hay was found miles from his home, slumped in the front seat of his car, dead of a gunshot wound, virtually everybody in their social circle was a suspect.
Todd Matthews first heard the story of Tent Girl on Halloween night in 1987. The story of an unidentified woman’s remains found at an interchange fascinated him to such extremes that it became a mission to identify her. Risking his own personal relationships, Matthews, with the help of a new technology called the Internet, would find a missing persons report from decades earlier that could be a match. Could he identify her? And could he help solve the mystery of her death?
When the body of a young woman was found stuffed into a canvas bag along the interchange of I-75 and U.S. 25 in Georgetown, Kentucky, her badly decayed remains rendered police unable to uncover her identity, or the identity of her killer. It wasn’t until decades later, when the story of Tent Girl was told to a young boy on Halloween night, that this Jane Doe would meet the person who would stop at nothing to identify her, and bring her home.
In January 1979, Tan Kuen Chai and Tan Mei Ying returned from their job operating a school bus to find their four children dead in the bathroom of their Singapore apartment. There was no forced entry, nothing was stolen, and evidence that the murderer cleaned up after themselves all indicated that this was a carefully planned kill. Who could have done this and why?
After three Girl Scouts were found dead on the edge of an Oklahoma forest, authorities zeroed in on 33-year-old Gene LeRoy Hart – a fugitive who had been serving time for both rape and burglary. All the evidence pointed in his direction. Was he really a killer or the victim of police corruption?
In June of 1977, three girls were found dead at a Girl Scouts Camp on the edge of a northeastern Oklahoma forest. No murder weapon was recovered, but a tip lead to an escaped convict seen in the area who had been on the run for years. Now all the police had to do was find him.
Fourteen-year-old Jimmie Gilmore was missing for 23 years until he was found buried in the crawlspace underneath his own house. While only 14 years old, he made a lot of enemies. Was he killed by a neighbor for his bullying? By a biker gang for stealing drugs? Or by his own mother to protect his younger siblings?
After a lengthy appeals process, Sam Sheppard was set free in 1964, ten years after his wife Marilyn’s murder. Two years later, he would be retried on second degree murder charges. New evidence would surface, but would it be enough to convict him?
Prestigious doctor Sam Sheppard woke up in the middle of the night to find his wife Marilyn dead from a gruesome murder. His account of what happened early that morning was shaky, and it was no secret that Sam had been sleeping around. Did the murderer break into the house to steal prescription drugs, or did Sam kill his wife in order to end the marriage?
Before her violent murder in February 1977, Christa Helm made diary entries and secret audio recordings of her famous and powerful lovers. After she was killed, the diary and most of the tapes vanished. Were they stolen by the killer, or did she hide them herself? Could that evidence still be out there?
Christa Helm was an aspiring Hollywood actress who was no stranger to the male gaze. She dated many famous men in Hollywood and kept a detailed diary of her escapades. One day, she was found murdered in the street. Was she a random victim, or a did a former lover do her in?
In October of 1966, Dr. Robert Sims, his wife Helen, and their 12-year-old daughter Joy Lynn were brutally butchered in their own home. They were a wholesome family with no known enemies. But, the Sims family did know people who had secrets. Were those secrets bad enough for murder?