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Introducing: White Eagle
From the team behind Paper Ghosts, WHITE EAGLE is a six-part true crime series about a 1983 heist where a 25-year-old armored truck driver from West Hartford, Connecticut, tied up his co-workers, stuffed more than $7 million into a Buick LaSabre, and disappeared into the night. At the time, it was one of the largest cash heists in U.S. history. But that was just the beginning. WHITE EAGLE launches April 7. Listen and subscribe on the iHeartRadio app, Apple Podcasts, or wherever you listen to your favorite shows.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
The $7 Million Man
The West Hartford Police Department springs into action after two Wells Fargo security guards reveal that a coworker, 25-year-old Victor Gerena, held them at gunpoint, drugged them, and drove off with more than $7 million in cash. Plus, a cryptic lead sends police to a local airport. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Be On The Lookout
A nationwide manhunt takes a turn after police recover the car used in the heist. Then, law enforcement learns what a key witness knows about Victor Gerena’s movements the morning of the robbery. This, as Phelps digs into the 25-year-old security guard’s background and uncovers a potential motive.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
After Victor Gerena surfaces to take credit for the robbery, money starts showing up in the heart of Hartford’s Puerto Rican community. Then, a missile strike thousands of miles away reveals an unassuming piece of evidence that provides investigators with a huge break – and a new suspect. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
A top Macheteros soldier explains exactly what happened the night of the Wells Fargo heist, including where Victor took the cash in the days that followed. Plus, internal dissent and hubris threatens to derail the entire operation, and we dive deep into a Cuban connection.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Lawyers, Guns and Money
A series of FBI raids send more than a dozen Macheteros back to Connecticut to stand trial in the Wells Fargo robbery case. Plus, an attorney for the group unpacks the government’s “sloppy” legal strategy, Juan’s former lover testifies in court, and a key player jumps bail and returns to clandestinity.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Where is Victor Gerena?
In the final episode, President Clinton’s decision to grant clemency to members of the Macheteros and the FALN ignites a firestorm on Capitol Hill and spells trouble for the First Lady’s Senate bid. A top Macheteros leader meets a violent end, Puerto Rico struggles under U.S. leadership, and Phelps completes his search for Victor Gerena.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Introducing Paper Ghosts
Four girls go missing, all within miles from one another in neighboring New England towns. And not one arrest is made. Fifty years later, the search for answers is reignited when a call reveals new information that sets the investigation in motion. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
The Dead Butterfly
Janice Pockett was only 7 years old when she went missing during the summer of 1973. She had been given permission for the first time to ride her bike alone, so she made her way down the dirt road near her family’s home. As she turned the corner, it was the last time anybody ever saw her again. For decades, the case has remained unsolved. It was not until recently, when a new piece of information turns the case upside down and shifts the investigation in an entirely new direction. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
‘I Wish It Was You That Was Dead'
One year after Janice Pockett went missing in Tolland, CT, another young girl was abducted just a few miles from where Janice was last seen. Lisa Joy White was 13 when she suddenly vanished on her way home from a friend's house in 1974. Early belief was that Lisa ran away. Police believed her friend knew what happened. Now, for the first time, Lisa's friend is telling her side of the story. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
A Hell House
Susan LaRosa was 20 years old and already a mom to three young children when she disappeared in 1975. She had dark black hair, cut just above her shoulders. She was petite, 95 pounds. Her husband said she left their apartment one evening to get diapers and baby formula and never returned. That’s the extent of what you’d know about Susan LaRosa if you read about her case in the newspapers. But after years of looking into her story, and speaking with family members who are finally ready to talk, the mystery takes a disturbing turn as a person of interest emerges. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
'Mommy, Wake Up'
WARNING: This episode contains material that may be unsuitable and difficult for some to hear.The story has always been that Susan LaRosa left her apartment to pick up baby supplies and call her mother the night she disappeared. She did this just about every night at the same time at a nearby drug store. Her husband was considered a suspect immediately. More than 40 years later, an eyewitness has come forward with details about what happened the night Susan was murdered. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
A Dangerous Man
All of the missing cases have become like the five points of a star—no matter how you draw it, each point shoots a dotted line back to one person of interest: Bob LaRosa. However, there are far more nefarious secrets buried deep within his family that could lead to another suspect and new answers—starting with yet another missing young woman Bob knew very well. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
A Grave For Many
A frantic call brings forward a new lead, with new clues and a new person of interest with connections to Bob LaRosa. As local authorities have been focused on a group of violent, sexually perverted men exploiting and violating young women in the area, a surprising connection links this new person of interest back to the water walls where police have been looking. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
The faces of Janice Pockett, Lisa White, and Debbie Spickler appear side by side on one missing persons flier that continues to be posted around town to this day. The public and media have always grouped these cases together. Three young girls, suddenly gone. Yet that is where the similarities stop. Recently uncovered documents help clear up the misinformation that’s been reported on 13-year-old Debbie Spickler’s case for over 50 years, and reveals a whole new web of mysteries that takes us in an entirely new direction. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
'Are You Aware of the Ransom Calls?'
For just a moment in 2013, there was a glint of hope that the remains of one of the missing girls had been discovered. For their families, it was a discovery that finally felt like there would be answers. As the investigation heats up, a new source comes forward and flips the entire investigation upside down. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
He was best friends with Bob LaRosa. His ex-wife has described him as violent. And he’s been talking about bodies being buried in local water wells. It’s time for the Witness to speak. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
The Last Remains
As far as the investigation into the five cases has gone, a major piece of the puzzle always felt missing. The victims' families have long asked the State Police to bring search dogs out to the biggest points of interest where the bodies of the missing girls may be buried. Those requests have been ignored ... until now.If you have any information regarding the cases involving Janice Pockett, Lisa White, Debbie Spickler, Susan LaRosa, or Irene LaRosa, please contact the law enforcement hotline at 860-870-3228. Or, you can send a direct message to M. William Phelps on Facebook or email him personally at email@example.com. Any tip or bit of information can be helpful and all of it is kept completely confidential.Thank you for listening to Paper Ghosts. Stay tuned and subscribed for season 2. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Season 1 Update: A Return to Crystal Lake
It’s been more than a year since season one aired, but the scores of tips regarding Janice Pockett, Lisa White, Debbie Spickler, Susan LaRosa, and Irene LaRosa have only continued. The Connecticut State Police have once again gone radio silent so we return to Crystal Lake with some new experts and equipment to search for more answers.For more true crime stories, listen to M. William Phelps' other podcast Crossing the Line and visit the CTL website. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Introducing Paper Ghosts Season 2
During the 1981 Fourth of July weekend, four people were found dead inside a massive farmhouse that belonged to a wealthy Ohio family. Desperate to find answers, surviving family members reached out to M. William Phelps for help. After a years-long investigation, new developments help track the movements of a new suspect and uncover a series of mysterious deaths that could expose what really happened that terrible night 40 years ago. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Am I the only listener to realize that the state patrolman telling about the crime kind of softly criticized family for not reporting her missing sooner? when it clearly described the family trying to report her missing and the response being she probably ran away!? And it's too soon to make a report?! bc we all know that is what they originally said.
this podcaster is always good at taking what would be maybe a two-episode podcast stretching it out to 10 by repeating the same things over and over and over again
why is the FBI trying to get back Federal Reserve money? they're not part of the American government.
hey Phelps, you got Tammy's fb page buzzing lots of new members ,you rock anyway ,but u hit it out of the park picking Tammy's story. Love it.! Jeri olearl
The stories are great if you can get through two things. 1. the insane amount of ads. it's crazy. little bit of story, 5 ads. I've never heard this many in anyone other podcast. and 2. how in love with himself this guy is. there is more "I, me and my" than any other podcast. he will make sure to remind you how many books he's written and how much of an expert he is MULTIPLE times But I stick through all that with an eye roll to find out what happens in the stories.
I love how people try to say that money is more valuable today than 30 years ago. LMAO 100 DOLLARS 30 YEARS AGO IS GUESS WHAT STILL JUST 100 DOLLARS TODAY IDIOTS.
Did they ever say how the fire was started or in which room did it start in?
why does this guy keep saying she lost her whole family when that's not true. she called other family members to let them know what happened.
This podcast is good, but these commercials are annoying. They make me want to stop listening to the show.
at 32:43 it skips to a completely different subject
There's NO such thing as a lie detector
I grew up Catholic and when it was mentioned that she was stabbed 7 times around the heart it made me think of Mary's 7 Sorrows. Maybe the killer is religious and was thinking of that iconography? Plus he removed the soccer patch of St. Giles soccer club from her shorts.
not newsworthy? many young blond women go missing all the time? I hate how the media decides what is "newsworthy" when people's lives are on the line.
I sometimes wonder about law enforcement and the appearance of doing work on a case. How many times are the dogs they bring out actual certified cadaver or tracking dogs? how many times are the people handling GPR and other sensitive detection equipment actually trained in the use of that equipment? law enforcement tends to benefit from the blanket of complete trust from the public, and pacifying the public in this way would be very easy. pointless, I think, but easy.
If kids and young women disappear from a particular location under seemingly similar circumstances, maybe there's a serial killer. but maybe not. the cases could be related but not necessarily because it is one guy doing it all. sometimes these adorable little rural towns are very slimy dangerous places, and maybe the local culture here is predatory and abusive, and enabling of abuse. so it could be more than one predator, operating on his own, living their best monster lives in a place that allows guys like that to thrive at the expense of the women and children. it, in fact, sounds like Sue was preyed on, abused, and exploited too. being a mother of three, plus however many abortions, by age twenty? "sleeping with" grown men "uncles" since age unknown? why do we always equate drugginess and self destructive behavior, and neglectful behavior, with being a "free spirit"? this twenty year old mother of three with these issues and coping mechanisms and responsibilities she could not handle was not "free".
Great choice ,Tammy deserves the time and attention.Girnell is 40 minutes from Marshall town Iowa where I grew up .. Let's find Tammy's killer.
I could handle not hearing her voice again.
I wish you would look into the Bobo Shinn case out of Magnolia, Arkansas. I love your work. Keep it up!
This seems like an odd case to cover..currently, im 25 mins into season 2 episode 1 and ill keep listening to see if i start getting into it. The daughter talking is extremely melodramatic. Maybe its some type of coping mechanism but its truly not productive for the podcast or the case. The parents murdered weren't exactly stand up members of society either. That doesnt mean they deserved to die by any means, and it also doesnt mean they don't deserve justice, but they might have more enemies than the average person? Also, is it just me or did the ads triple from the amount of ads in the first season?