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The Generation Why Podcast released its first episode in 2012 and pioneered the true crime genre in the podcasting world. Two friends, Aaron & Justin, break down theories and give their opinions on unsolved murders, controversies, mysteries and conspiracies.

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Barbara Jean Horn - 565

Barbara Jean Horn - 565

2024-04-1501:09:232

July 12, 1988. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In the summer of 1988, 4-year-old Barbara Jean Horn went missing from her home in Philadelphia PA. Last seen holding hands with an unknown man, she was later found dead, beaten and bloodied, in a TV box two blocks away from her home. With no leads to go on, other than a composite sketch of the unknown male, the case went cold. But several years later, in 1992, new detectives on the case arrested a man whom they claimed confessed to the crime.Get even more episodes from Generation Why at: patreon.com/generationwhyListen ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App. https://wondery.app.link/generationwhy.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Sam Cooke - 564

Sam Cooke - 564

2024-04-0851:395

December 11, 1964, Los Angeles, CA. Sam Cooke, legendary singer, songwriter, activist, and businessman was shot to death in a motel wearing only a jacket and wristwatch. Bertha Franklin, the motel’s manager, and Lisa Boyer, the woman he arrived with, claimed Sam attacked them individually and Franklin shot him in self-defense. Conspiracy theories and doubts about the investigation continue to plague the case decades later.Get bonus content from Generation Why at: patreon.com/generationwhyListen ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App. https://wondery.app.link/generationwhy.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
January 12th, 2022. Harris County, Texas. After 41 years, two murder victims known as the Harris County Does were finally identified as Dean and Tina Clouse, a young married couple with a child. After speaking to their families, investigators focused on finding their daughter, Holly Marie, who had never been located. https://justicefordeanandtina.com/Get bonus content from Generation Why at: patreon.com/generationwhyListen ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App. https://wondery.app.link/generationwhy.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
September 28th, 2014. Skillman (Montgomery Township), New Jersey. The bodies of John and Joyce Sheridan, a prominent couple with political connections, were found inside their burning home. Details about their deaths were suppressed for months until the prosecutor’s office declared the case a murder-suicide. Numerous people, including the Sheridans’ sons, expressed their doubts about this ruling.Get bonus content from Generation Why at: patreon.com/generationwhyListen ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App. https://wondery.app.link/generationwhy.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
December 12th, 2022. Wieambilla, Queensland. Four officers arrived at a property owned by Gareth and Stacey Train to follow up on a missing persons report concerning Gareth’s brother Nathaniel. Upon arrival, the officers found themselves involved in a shootout. Join us as we discuss a strange case that ended in violence.Get bonus content from Generation Why at: patreon.com/generationwhyListen ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App. https://wondery.app.link/generationwhy.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
November 2012. Omaha, Nebraska. Dave Kroupa was casually dating two different women; Cari Farver and Liz Golyar. But just weeks after he began dating Cari, she seemed to disappear on November 13, 2012. Dave then started to receive hateful and threatening messages for 3 years from Cari. As the stalking, threats, and damages mounted, police got involved and the motive behind the crimes became clear.Get bonus content from Generation Why at: patreon.com/generationwhyListen ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App. https://wondery.app.link/generationwhy.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
American Nightmare - 559

American Nightmare - 559

2024-03-0401:17:445

March 23rd, 2015. Mare Island, Vallejo, California. Denise Huskins was kidnapped from her boyfriend’s home. Two days later her kidnapper released her in Huntington Beach, California near her father's residence. Local police doubted her story and called the kidnapping a hoax. Denise’s case has been called a real life “Gone Girl” kidnapping. Get bonus content from Generation Why at: patreon.com/generationwhyListen ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App. https://wondery.app.link/generationwhy.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Denise Amber Lee - 558

Denise Amber Lee - 558

2024-02-2649:443

January 17th, 2008. North Port, Florida. A young mother was kidnapped from her home in broad daylight. Multiple 911 calls were placed, including one from Denise Amber Lee, who was being driven away by a stranger who held her life in his hands. Join us as we discuss a terrifying situation that is the stuff of nightmares and which changed a city forever.Get bonus content from Generation Why at: patreon.com/generationwhyListen ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App. https://wondery.app.link/generationwhy.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
John O'Keefe - 557

John O'Keefe - 557

2024-02-1955:026

January 29th, 2022. Canton, Massachusetts. Boston police officer John O’Keefe was found dead in a fellow officer’s front yard after his girlfriend Karen Read dropped him off in the early morning hours. Karen Read is accused of hitting John with her vehicle and leaving him to die during a snowstorm, but her attorneys have alleged that others were involved in John’s death.Get bonus content from Generation Why at: patreon.com/generationwhyListen ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App. https://wondery.app.link/generationwhy.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Michelle Le - 556

Michelle Le - 556

2024-02-1259:352

May 27, 2011. Hayward, CA. 26-year-old Michelle Le went to her car to retrieve something during a break in her nursing class. She never returned and was reported missing that night. Blood was found near where her car had been parked and in her car when it was located three blocks away. An extensive search, spearheaded by Michelle’s family, combed the surrounding canyons hoping to find her alive. However, the police investigation indicated Michelle had been murdered and led to a suspect with a sinister motive. Get bonus content from Generation Why at: patreon.com/generationwhyListen ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App. https://wondery.app.link/generationwhy.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
February 23, 2022. Green Bay, Wisconsin. Tara Pakanich was woken up in the middle of the night by the sound of a slamming door. She went downstairs to look for her son and discovered his decapitated remains inside her home. The police were called to the home and it wasn't long before they identified a suspect; a friend with an interest in Jeffrey Dahmer.Get bonus content from Generation Why at: patreon.com/generationwhyListen ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App. https://wondery.app.link/generationwhy.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
The Dirty John case became big news due to the hit podcast of the same name. Terra Newell and Collier Landry of the Survivor Squad join us to tell their stories. Terra explains how she survived an attack by Dirty John Meehan. Noreen Boyle disappeared December 31, 1989. The star witness at Jack Boyle's murder trial was their 12 year old son, Collier, who tells his story of loss and justice.Get bonus content from Generation Why at: patreon.com/generationwhyListen ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App. https://wondery.app.link/generationwhy.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Matthew Baker Jr  - 553

Matthew Baker Jr - 553

2024-01-2256:376

On October 27, 2016 in Henry County Georgia, four people were killed during a bonfire party. Two men were indicted and charged with murder. One confessed to the murders and told officers that he was solely responsible. Authorities charged the other man with murder anyway and placed him in jail. In 2021, this man was re-indicted on 30 charges, and the state is seeking the death penalty. He still awaits trial 7 years after the killings. Get bonus content from Generation Why at: patreon.com/generationwhyListen ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App. https://wondery.app.link/generationwhy.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Amy Mullis - 552

Amy Mullis - 552

2024-01-1545:138

On November 10, 2018 in Earlville, Iowa, Amy Mullis was found by her son with a 4-pronged corn rake protruding from her back. How did this happen and who could have done this to Amy? Or was it an accident?Get bonus content from Generation Why at: patreon.com/generationwhyListen ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App. https://wondery.app.link/generationwhy.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Mathias Bachmeier - 551

Mathias Bachmeier - 551

2024-01-0846:168

August 10th, 1996. Preston, Washington. Sergeant Mathias Bachmeier responded to a call at the home of James Wren, who was in a dispute with his landlord. Officer Bachmeier put Wren into his patrol car and took him to a nearby station to make a statement. James Wren was never seen alive again. Get bonus content from Generation Why at: patreon.com/generationwhyListen ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App. https://wondery.app.link/generationwhy.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
2023 Retrospective - 550

2023 Retrospective - 550

2024-01-0139:256

It's the end of the year and Justin and Aaron look back at some of the episodes from this year. Did an episode stand out to you? Maybe you hadn't heard of it before? Let us know. We hope you have a safe and happy holiday season with your friends and families. Get bonus content from Generation Why at: patreon.com/generationwhyListen ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App. https://wondery.app.link/generationwhy.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Susan King - 549

Susan King - 549

2023-12-2501:01:439

October 26, 1998. Kentucky. Susan King had her leg amputated from the hip down after a serious car accident. She was accused of murdering a man and dumping his 200 lb body over a bridge. In this week's episode, we discuss how this could have happened and where Susan is today.Get bonus content from Generation Why at: patreon.com/generationwhyListen ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App. https://wondery.app.link/generationwhy.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
The Death of Tom Monfils - 548

The Death of Tom Monfils - 548

2023-12-1801:29:1111

November 21, 1992. Green Bay, WI. On November 21, 1992, Susan Monfils received a call that her husband, Tom, was missing from his job at a paper mill. After a frantic 36-hour search, his body was found beaten at the bottom of a pulp paper vat. He had been murdered. Over the next three years, police put together a harrowing story involving an anonymous phone call to police about a theft, the release of a recording of that call to the wrong person, and how far the bonds of union brotherhood can go. Which leads to the biggest question: Who killed Tom Monfils?Get bonus content from Generation Why at: patreon.com/generationwhyListen ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App. https://wondery.app.link/generationwhy. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Lisa Ziegert - 547

Lisa Ziegert - 547

2023-12-1146:008

April 15, 1992. Agawam, MA. On April 15, 1992, 24-year-old Lisa Ziegert was abducted from her second job at a card store. Four days later, her body was discovered a few miles away. She had been raped and murdered. Lisa’s loss was devastating for her family, who worked hard to keep her case at the forefront of the minds of both law enforcement and the community. 25 years later, a warrant for the DNA from 11 persons of interest led to a surprising turn of events that ultimately ended with the arrest of Lisa’s killer.Get bonus content from Generation Why at: patreon.com/generationwhyListen ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App. https://wondery.app.link/generationwhy.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Leola Shreves - 546

Leola Shreves - 546

2023-11-2759:4412

January 2013, Yuba City, CA. In a small town north of Sacramento, CA, 94-year old Leola Shreves was found dead in her home by her son-in-law. Windows were broken and Leola had been badly beaten. After only a few months, police arrested and obtained a confession from Leola’s neighbor, Michael Alexander. Ultimately the charges against Alexander were dropped after DNA evidence vindicated him from the false confession. Six years after Leola’s death, familial DNA tracing led to the arrest and conviction of Armando Cuadras.Get bonus content from Generation Why at: patreon.com/generationwhyListen ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App. https://wondery.app.link/generationwhy.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
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Lars Bee

these two good little boys believe everything their government tells them ... I do not know what is scarier: someone who believes blindly in their government or who believes in Bigfoot.... fauci's lies r much scarier and more harmful...

Apr 7th
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David graham

I love this podcast, only spoiled by the near heart attacks I get when the commercials kick in, at 3 times the podcast volume. this will probably drive me away ..

Apr 5th
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Mar 28th
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Oldster

podcast has become a chore to listen to for a couple years now. Aron just reads and seems uninterested and Justin is the insufferable know it all.

Mar 27th
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Jeroen van Rixel

stop stealing others content idiots

Mar 20th
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Carmena

4.12

Mar 19th
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Shannon Thier

The cop, before he knew it was a gunshot in Ryan's face, even said he was acting like he had a concussion and he should greet his face looked at by a medical professional before going to bed, when Ryan kept saying he wanted to sleep. Dalton definitely knew he did something wrong - it was discovered after the civil trial that he won that he even dated the testifying sheet as 2 days before the interrogation happened so he could pretend those 6 hours didn't make a difference. He still won the suit.

Mar 17th
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Chemical Bull

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Mar 13th
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secret

Quit stealing from Necronomipod. Generation Why has become a pair of lazy hacks.

Mar 11th
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Carmena

this case infuriates me. Denise did everything she could. the people who rang into 911 did what they could. the initial dispatcher should have been fired. and the police have ALOT to answer for.

Feb 29th
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Lahela

Civility is a dying trait.

Feb 16th
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Shawna

very interesting episode

Jan 26th
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mehrsa servatyari

i wish i could find the subtitle of these podcasts in english...

Jan 13th
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Oldster

If they would chill with their constant fake outrage, they'd see this feller was obviously a werewolf

Jan 11th
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Maiju Hukkanen

Did you think about the weight being used to hide the body in the bottom of the vat by the mob? I dont think using a weight needs that much forethought. Wanna drown a person and keep them under? - use a weight!

Dec 18th
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Lynn Chodur

It's interesting that he didn't leave anything to his son in his will.

Dec 12th
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Billy Shields

you can still own a muzzle loader, I'm sure

Nov 15th
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Elise Butterworth

Wow, the b.s. and position of privilege you two spew here is hard to take. Mother's intuition WTF if you've never had good role models, how could she know what a good parent is?

Nov 7th
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Carmena

when youre telling a ghost story its greatbto have someone who isnt laughing all the the time and who hasnt already decided its a bunch of BS. this story is quite famous in the UK and the way its told here is "yeah yeah and there was writing....and whispers (eye roll) stopped listening

Nov 3rd
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Aakash Amanat

In each episode, Aaron and Justin explore a different case, providing historical context, eyewitness accounts, expert opinions, and their own insights. They encourage critical thinking and an open-minded approach to evaluating evidence and theories. Their style is engaging and conversational, making it easy for listeners to immerse themselves in the stories and feel like they're a part of the discussion. https://pr.business/tray-crafters-chicago-illinois This podcast has garnered a loyal following, and its success can be attributed to the hosts' dedication to research and their ability to present complex information in a digestible and compelling manner. The Generation Why Podcast is not only a source of entertainment but also a platform for discussing some of the most perplexing and thought-provoking cases in history. https://www.dealerbaba.com/suppliers/packaging/paper-products/tray-crafters.html

Oct 25th
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