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Twelve-year-old McKay Everett disappeared from his Texas home in September 1995. His father Carl returned from an Amway meeting to find the back door ajar and the telephone ringing. On the line, a woman with a raspy voice demanded $500,000.

Over the next week, the FBI played a game of cat-and-mouse with the kidnappers, who used inside information to stay one step ahead of the investigation. Ultimately the FBI uncovered a series of crimes that started long before McKay was taken. Most shocking of all was the suspect. McKay had been betrayed by someone he trusted – a pillar of the community hiding a dark secret.

But decades later, McKay’s mother, Paulette, still isn’t satisfied with the official story. She doesn’t think everyone involved has been brought to justice.

Ransom: Season 1 - Position of Trust is a story of greed and betrayal and how one’s outward appearance can be dangerously deceiving.
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Launching May 15, 2024. Twelve-year-old McKay Everett disappeared from his Texas home in September 1995. His father Carl returned from an Amway meeting to find the back door ajar and the telephone ringing. On the line, a woman with a raspy voice demanded $500,000. Over the next week, the FBI played a game of cat-and-mouse with the kidnappers, who used inside information to stay one step ahead of the investigation. Ultimately the FBI uncovered a series of crimes that started long before McKay was taken. Most shocking of all was the suspect. McKay had been betrayed by someone he trusted – a pillar of the community hiding a dark secret. But decades later, McKay’s mother, Paulette, still isn’t satisfied with the official story. She doesn’t think everyone involved has been brought to justice. Ransom: Season 1 - Position of Trust is a story of greed and betrayal and how one’s outward appearance can be dangerously deceiving.
Ep 1: The Phone Call

Ep 1: The Phone Call

2024-05-1537:346

Carl and Paulette Everett return home to find the back door propped open and 12-year-old McKay missing. But, mysteriously, there are no signs of struggle or a break-in – It’s as if McKay has left on his own. Soon the FBI gets involved, everyone becomes a suspect, and a golden Chrysler raises suspicion. Thank you for supporting our sponsors: SimpliSafe: Get 20% off any new SimpliSafe system with Fast Protect Monitoring at https://SimpliSafe.com/RANSOM June’s Journey: June's Journey: Download June’s Journey for free today on iOS (https://apps.apple.com/us/app/junes-journey-hidden-objects/id1200391796) and Android (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=net.wooga.junes_journey_hidden_object_mystery_game&hl=en&gl=US&pli=1) Better Help: Visit https://BetterHelp.com/RANSOM today to get 10% off your first month.
Ep 2: Questioning Everything

Ep 2: Questioning Everything

2024-05-1503:59:098

The FBI begins polygraphing and interviewing persons of interest. Paulette thinks back through her relationship with Carl searching for clues, and investigators narrow down the search to three suspects. Thank you for supporting our sponsors! SimpliSafe: Get 20% off any new SimpliSafe system with Fast Protect Monitoring at https://SimpliSafe.com/RANSOM June’s Journey: June's Journey: Download June’s Journey for free today on iOS (https://apps.apple.com/us/app/junes-journey-hidden-objects/id1200391796) and Android (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=net.wooga.junes_journey_hidden_object_mystery_game&hl=en&gl=US&pli=1)
FBI agent Ralph Harp discusses the investigation, as well as how he joined the FBI. Then, family friend Ric Metts on his perspective on the case and the other time he was accused of a crime and polygraphed. Thank you for supporting our sponsors! June's Journey: Download June’s Journey for free today on iOS (https://apps.apple.com/us/app/junes-journey-hidden-objects/id1200391796) and Android (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=net.wooga.junes_journey_hidden_object_mystery_game&hl=en&gl=US&pli=1)
Ep 3: Uncle Hilty

Ep 3: Uncle Hilty

2024-05-2235:116

Where was Hilton Crawford the night that McKay disappeared and what has he been doing in the hours since? The FBI follows up on a new lead regarding the golden Chrysler and tries to track down the raspy-voiced ransom caller. Thanks for supporting our sponsors! SimpliSafe: Get 20% off any new SimpliSafe system with Fast Protect Monitoring at https://SimpliSafe.com/RANSOM
FBI agent Cindy Rosenthal worked on the McKay Everett case as both an FBI agent and a lawyer, as chief division counsel for the Houston office. She walks us through how the FBI decides to pull the trigger and arrest someone they suspect of involvement in a crime. Thank you for supporting our sponsors! SimpliSafe: Get 20% off any new SimpliSafe system with Fast Protect Monitoring at https://SimpliSafe.com/RANSOM
Ep 4: Finding McKay

Ep 4: Finding McKay

2024-05-2901:15:382

The Everetts make a heart-wrenching plea for the kidnappers to spare McKay’s life. But with a suspect in custody, things escalate to a whole new level – How many accomplices are involved and where are they holding McKay?
For her role as the raspy-voiced ransom caller, Irene Flores was convicted of aggravated kidnapping and served 23 years in prison. Producer Ben Kuebrich interviewed her outside her home. She speaks about the her relationship with Hilton Crawford, the mindset that led to her involvement in the crime, and how she feels about the whole ordeal. Thank you for supporting our sponsors! SimpliSafe: Get 20% off any new SimpliSafe system with Fast Protect Monitoring at https://SimpliSafe.com/RANSOM
Ep 5: Hilton's Story

Ep 5: Hilton's Story

2024-06-0501:29:422

Using Hilton’s jailhouse map, a mad scramble is made to the Atchafalaya swamp, where McKay is found. Then, investigators learn the supposed motivation behind the kidnapping and a claim that becomes one of the biggest mysteries in the case – Hilton’s accomplice R. L. Remington. Thanks for supporting our sponsors! SimpliSafe: Get 20% off any new SimpliSafe system with Fast Protect Monitoring at https://SimpliSafe.com/RANSOM Better Help: This episode is sponsored by Better Help. Visit https://betterhelp.com/Ransom to get 10% off your first month.
The night deputy Marcus Guidry discovered McKay’s body something else happened – he nearly got into a shootout. Guidry was ununiformed and got into a tense encounter with a deputy from a different parish, Jerry Stassi. The two say they’ve investigated many crimes at Whiskey Bay – a strange no man’s land out in the middle of the Achafalaya swamp.
Ep 6: Gambler's Logic

Ep 6: Gambler's Logic

2024-06-1249:584

What would drive a “family friend” to kidnap a 12-year-old boy? And how can someone capable of that darkness go unnoticed for decades? Hilton Crawford was a former sheriff’s deputy and was respected in the community. We explore Hilton's backstory and the red flags that were overlooked before the kidnapping. Thank you for supporting our sponsors: SimpliSafe: Get 20% off any new SimpliSafe system with Fast Protect Monitoring at https://SimpliSafe.com/RANSOM Better Help: This episode is sponsored by Better Help. Visit https://BetterHelp.com/RANSOM today to get 10% off your first month
Author Tannie Shannon spent years interviewing Hilton Crawford in prison. In the early days, Tannie was allowed to document the conversations on a tape recorder. On one of the tapes Hilton talks about his early life, his relationship with his wife and his law enforcement career with the Beaumont police and the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Departments. Thanks for supporting our sponsors! SimpliSafe: Get 20% off any new SimpliSafe system with Fast Protect Monitoring at https://SimpliSafe.com/RANSOM
Paulette is overwhelmed by grief and rage at the tragedy. As she looks back, she realizes another accomplice might be in their midst, bringing up a bigger question: When someone hurts a child, how far does the culpability extend? Thank you for supporting our sponsors: SimpliSafe: Get 20% off any new SimpliSafe system with Fast Protect Monitoring at https://SimpliSafe.com/RANSOM Better Help: This episode is sponsored by Better Help. Visit https://BetterHelp.com/RANSOM today to get 10% off your first month
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Sherrill Brown

Loved this podcast. Very interesting but also very sad.

Jun 12th
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